Psychiatrists in West Springfield, MA

Photo of Dr. Andrietta Wright Barnett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in West Springfield, MA
Dr. Andrietta Wright Barnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
With over two decades as a nurse practitioner, I've navigated diverse healthcare realms. Holding a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Walden University and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of South Carolina Columbia, I specialize in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health. Throughout my career, I've extensively engaged with individuals facing mental health challenges—bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. My journey started in a community mental health center, where I pioneered holistic care, customizing each approach to meet the unique needs of every client.
With over two decades as a nurse practitioner, I've navigated diverse healthcare realms. Holding a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Walden University and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of South Carolina Columbia, I specialize in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health. Throughout my career, I've extensively engaged with individuals facing mental health challenges—bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. My journey started in a community mental health center, where I pioneered holistic care, customizing each approach to meet the unique needs of every client.
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Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Springfield, MA 01089
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
(413) 300-2219 View (413) 300-2219
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Georgina Tung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, or PTSD that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, and ability to function? Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or lost by the thought of navigating through life's challenges? Do you hope that your mental health could be better? Now more than ever, people from all walks of life are feeling uncertain and anxious about overcoming their mental health struggles. I believe that it shouldn't be so hard to live better, and there is hope and answers for those seeking support.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, or PTSD that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, and ability to function? Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or lost by the thought of navigating through life's challenges? Do you hope that your mental health could be better? Now more than ever, people from all walks of life are feeling uncertain and anxious about overcoming their mental health struggles. I believe that it shouldn't be so hard to live better, and there is hope and answers for those seeking support.
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Danielle Lamagna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Springfield, MA 01089
Danielle brings warmth, humor, and compassion into each session, and engages whole-heartedly in providing holistic and patient-centered care. She has a “less is more” approach with medication management, believing that the bare minimum amount of medication that can provide a thriving quality of life is always ideal. She blends her knowledge of psychopharmacology with thoughtful therapeutic relationship-building to provide a trusting, informed, and judgement-free atmosphere for her patients.
Danielle brings warmth, humor, and compassion into each session, and engages whole-heartedly in providing holistic and patient-centered care. She has a “less is more” approach with medication management, believing that the bare minimum amount of medication that can provide a thriving quality of life is always ideal. She blends her knowledge of psychopharmacology with thoughtful therapeutic relationship-building to provide a trusting, informed, and judgement-free atmosphere for her patients.
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Jessica Crawford-Grey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
For the past five years, I have been working as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult mental health. I have experience in caring for patients with mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse issues, PTSD and psychotic disorders. My objective is to create a partnership with clients and base their care around a mutual respect and trust. This allows for a collective effort of helping the client obtain what they need to fulfill their goals. Currently taking new clients for medication management with BCBS or Private Pay.
For the past five years, I have been working as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult mental health. I have experience in caring for patients with mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse issues, PTSD and psychotic disorders. My objective is to create a partnership with clients and base their care around a mutual respect and trust. This allows for a collective effort of helping the client obtain what they need to fulfill their goals. Currently taking new clients for medication management with BCBS or Private Pay.
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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
West Springfield, MA 01089
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.
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John Graziano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Springfield, MA 01089
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Donald A Smith Adult Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist in West Springfield, MA
Donald A Smith Adult Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
Yes, I am accepting new patients at the present time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, empathic listener, and I have 21 years of experience as a physician and 12 years in private practice. I look forward to helping you to feel better. I practice holistic and evidence supported psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic assessment, education, and prescribe medication to treat your symptoms. Maintaining your privacy is very important to me. Because my practice is out of network, which means I do not accept insurance, I can spend more time with you.
Yes, I am accepting new patients at the present time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, empathic listener, and I have 21 years of experience as a physician and 12 years in private practice. I look forward to helping you to feel better. I practice holistic and evidence supported psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic assessment, education, and prescribe medication to treat your symptoms. Maintaining your privacy is very important to me. Because my practice is out of network, which means I do not accept insurance, I can spend more time with you.
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Rapha Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MA 01108  (Online Only)
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Stigma should not prevent you from getting the help you need. If you are suffering from feeling sad all the time, hearing voices or/and seeing things no-one else can, anxious, worry a lot, problem sleeping, eating, going out, nightmares, panic attacks. We are here to help you as best as we can.
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Stigma should not prevent you from getting the help you need. If you are suffering from feeling sad all the time, hearing voices or/and seeing things no-one else can, anxious, worry a lot, problem sleeping, eating, going out, nightmares, panic attacks. We are here to help you as best as we can.
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Damaris Kongo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ludlow, MA 01056  (Online Only)
I have a Masters degree from university of Massachusetts, Amherst. I’m a Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a 2 + experience in a large outpatient clinic. I have worked with different age groups for medication management based on their individual needs. I can help you manage and maintain a healthy mind set based on your individual needs and goals.
I have a Masters degree from university of Massachusetts, Amherst. I’m a Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a 2 + experience in a large outpatient clinic. I have worked with different age groups for medication management based on their individual needs. I can help you manage and maintain a healthy mind set based on your individual needs and goals.
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Kristen Briody
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Holyoke, MA 01040  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who helps people across the life span manage their diagnoses and medications. I have worked with people who struggle with various symptoms including but not limited to anxiety, depressive symptoms, insomnia, and attentional issues.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who helps people across the life span manage their diagnoses and medications. I have worked with people who struggle with various symptoms including but not limited to anxiety, depressive symptoms, insomnia, and attentional issues.
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Jackie Ollis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Springfield, MA 01104  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jackie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Insomnia & Sleep Issues, LGBTQIA/gender/sexuality topics, Life Coaching, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Race & Cultural Identity and Relationship Issues. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jackie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Insomnia & Sleep Issues, LGBTQIA/gender/sexuality topics, Life Coaching, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Race & Cultural Identity and Relationship Issues. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
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Jain Lattes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar mood disorders, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). My career has been focused primarily around reproductive mental health and wellbeing and providing psychiatric treatment to individuals during preconception planning, pregnancy and postpartum periods.
I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar mood disorders, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). My career has been focused primarily around reproductive mental health and wellbeing and providing psychiatric treatment to individuals during preconception planning, pregnancy and postpartum periods.
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Hung Do
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Holyoke, MA 01040
Each person has so much to offer the world. Don't let your addiction to drugs and alcohol hold you back. Your family, friends, and community need a sober "you" so that they can see the best of "you". Your connections to your loved ones are vitally important to your happiness and drugs and alcohol only work to sever those connections. Don't let your addiction be a barrier to your personal, professional, and financial goals.
Each person has so much to offer the world. Don't let your addiction to drugs and alcohol hold you back. Your family, friends, and community need a sober "you" so that they can see the best of "you". Your connections to your loved ones are vitally important to your happiness and drugs and alcohol only work to sever those connections. Don't let your addiction be a barrier to your personal, professional, and financial goals.
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Photo of Shadi Zaghloul, Psychiatrist in West Springfield, MA
Shadi Zaghloul
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Springfield, MA 01199
Dr. Zaghloul is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Zaghloul has affiliations with Baystate Hospitals, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center. He has taught medical students, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows. He earned his M.B.A. with a focus on health care from the UMass-Amherst Isenberg School of Management in the spring of 2021.
Dr. Zaghloul is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Zaghloul has affiliations with Baystate Hospitals, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center. He has taught medical students, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows. He earned his M.B.A. with a focus on health care from the UMass-Amherst Isenberg School of Management in the spring of 2021.
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Photo of Christine L Doucette, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in West Springfield, MA
Christine L Doucette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric evaluations diagnosis & medication management. I work with children adolescents & adults. My experience includes clinic-based settings, collaborating with therapists, DCF, Guardian Ad Litem, nursing services, & PCPs. My specialties include Depression Anxiety Bipolar & Thought Disorders. I have experience with complicated Trauma/PTSD. I practice in CT & MA. At an initial visit, patients can expect a comprehensive evaluation discussing reasons for their visit, psychiatric & medical history, medication review, family/social history review.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric evaluations diagnosis & medication management. I work with children adolescents & adults. My experience includes clinic-based settings, collaborating with therapists, DCF, Guardian Ad Litem, nursing services, & PCPs. My specialties include Depression Anxiety Bipolar & Thought Disorders. I have experience with complicated Trauma/PTSD. I practice in CT & MA. At an initial visit, patients can expect a comprehensive evaluation discussing reasons for their visit, psychiatric & medical history, medication review, family/social history review.
(860) 239-0524 View (860) 239-0524
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Global Behavioral Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MPH , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MA 01103
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
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Photo of Dr. Michael Boggs, Psychiatrist in West Springfield, MA
Dr. Michael Boggs
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106
May / June 2024 Update - Accepting new clients. Providing expert medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for mental health for individuals aged 12+ living throughout Massachusetts with Clearview Health & Wellness Group. (Intakes typically scheduled at this point 2-4 weeks out - please do note there is another excellent provider joining me at Clearview, Pam Williams PMHNP, who will be able to see new clients starting in June 2024.)
May / June 2024 Update - Accepting new clients. Providing expert medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for mental health for individuals aged 12+ living throughout Massachusetts with Clearview Health & Wellness Group. (Intakes typically scheduled at this point 2-4 weeks out - please do note there is another excellent provider joining me at Clearview, Pam Williams PMHNP, who will be able to see new clients starting in June 2024.)
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Steven Locke
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
The patients who benefit the most from working with me are usually struggling with feelings of depression and/or anxiety, often associated with problems such as insomnia or recurrent physical symptoms due to stress. They want to understand what is happening to them and which treatment options might help them. Getting balanced information about the risks and benefits of treatment is usually a priority. My patients are often trying to decide whether to use medication to control their symptoms, or psychotherapy, or both. All the care is conveniently accessed via virtual visits using secure, private, easy-to-use video telehealth.
The patients who benefit the most from working with me are usually struggling with feelings of depression and/or anxiety, often associated with problems such as insomnia or recurrent physical symptoms due to stress. They want to understand what is happening to them and which treatment options might help them. Getting balanced information about the risks and benefits of treatment is usually a priority. My patients are often trying to decide whether to use medication to control their symptoms, or psychotherapy, or both. All the care is conveniently accessed via virtual visits using secure, private, easy-to-use video telehealth.
(857) 214-8523 View (857) 214-8523
Photo of Dr. Khadija Tuitt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in West Springfield, MA
Dr. Khadija Tuitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Holyoke, MA 01040  (Online Only)
Welcome to In-Tuitt Behavioral Health Services, where the care feels intuitive, relaxed, and safe. No need to wait for help, we have openings every week for new patients. If you are suffering with mood changes, anxiety, ADHD symptoms, sleep disturbances, or you just aren't sure, let me help you to find clarity and treatment options that work for you. If you are ready to start your healing journey, go to my website and hit the "Book an Appointment Link" and lets get into it!
Welcome to In-Tuitt Behavioral Health Services, where the care feels intuitive, relaxed, and safe. No need to wait for help, we have openings every week for new patients. If you are suffering with mood changes, anxiety, ADHD symptoms, sleep disturbances, or you just aren't sure, let me help you to find clarity and treatment options that work for you. If you are ready to start your healing journey, go to my website and hit the "Book an Appointment Link" and lets get into it!
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in West Springfield, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in West Springfield, MA who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% ADHD
71% Bipolar Disorder
57% Trauma and PTSD
57% Medication Management
57% Stress

Average years in practice

35 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Harvard Pilgrim
80% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in West Springfield, MA see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in West Springfield?

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.