Psychiatrists in Maple Grove, MN

Photo of Michael O'Sullivan, MD, Psychiatrist
Michael O'Sullivan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369
At Innovative Psychological Consultants we know there are always ways to feel better. People can't control their genetics and body chemistry on their own. Issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD and others all have a basis in physiology and brain chemistry. With the right diagnosis, we can find the right tools to bring your chemistry into alignment and give you the relief you are seeking. Mental health issues are not a personal weakness and nothing to be ashamed of; or suffer with. Let's work together to find a solution.
At Innovative Psychological Consultants we know there are always ways to feel better. People can't control their genetics and body chemistry on their own. Issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD and others all have a basis in physiology and brain chemistry. With the right diagnosis, we can find the right tools to bring your chemistry into alignment and give you the relief you are seeking. Mental health issues are not a personal weakness and nothing to be ashamed of; or suffer with. Let's work together to find a solution.
(763) 284-5631 View (763) 284-5631
Photo of Jeanne Bailey, MD, Psychiatrist
Jeanne Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369
At Innovative Psychological Consultants, we know that taking the first step is always the hardest. When we have been struggling for some time, it can be hard to imagine that anything can help. Finding relief is very possible if you are willing to reach for it. We are here to help you and want to see you be successful and feeling better. Depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, OCD, panic attacks, and much more are all effectively treated with medication management.
At Innovative Psychological Consultants, we know that taking the first step is always the hardest. When we have been struggling for some time, it can be hard to imagine that anything can help. Finding relief is very possible if you are willing to reach for it. We are here to help you and want to see you be successful and feeling better. Depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, OCD, panic attacks, and much more are all effectively treated with medication management.
(763) 324-9287 View (763) 324-9287
Photo of Cassy Burton, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cassy Burton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
With 14 years of dedicated experience in psychiatry, I bring a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to my work. My commitment to patient care is characterized by a unique blend of perspectives, fostering an environment that is caring, inviting, and welcoming. I strive to provide comprehensive support, ensuring each individual receives personalized attention and effective treatment tailored to their needs.
With 14 years of dedicated experience in psychiatry, I bring a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to my work. My commitment to patient care is characterized by a unique blend of perspectives, fostering an environment that is caring, inviting, and welcoming. I strive to provide comprehensive support, ensuring each individual receives personalized attention and effective treatment tailored to their needs.
(763) 275-9961 View (763) 275-9961
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Hulda Mosiori
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
I use a shared decision-making model of client-centered care that enables and encourages people to play a role in the medical decisions that affect their mental health. I utilize an integrative approach with a strong orientation towards cognitive behavioral therapy, emphasizing individualization of evidence-based practices, responding appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and biologic level to determine the best possible treatment.
I use a shared decision-making model of client-centered care that enables and encourages people to play a role in the medical decisions that affect their mental health. I utilize an integrative approach with a strong orientation towards cognitive behavioral therapy, emphasizing individualization of evidence-based practices, responding appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and biologic level to determine the best possible treatment.
(763) 645-5670 View (763) 645-5670
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Mercy K Miantona
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Mercy Miantona is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in treating patients ages 12 and older experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, and other psychiatric disorders.
Mercy Miantona is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in treating patients ages 12 and older experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, and other psychiatric disorders.
(763) 373-3900 View (763) 373-3900
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Kirby Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Kirby Nelson is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving adult patients experiencing mental health symptoms impacting their daily functioning. Kirby believes in a holistic, patient centered approach to psychiatric care and utilizes evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities. Kirby's area of expertise is reproductive and perinatal psychiatry and enjoys working alongside child-bearing individuals to improve their mental health and overall well being.
Kirby Nelson is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving adult patients experiencing mental health symptoms impacting their daily functioning. Kirby believes in a holistic, patient centered approach to psychiatric care and utilizes evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities. Kirby's area of expertise is reproductive and perinatal psychiatry and enjoys working alongside child-bearing individuals to improve their mental health and overall well being.
(763) 878-8823 View (763) 878-8823
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Daniel Moegi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Every person is unique and so is their chemistry. Finding the right medication or combination requires experience and expertise. A vast knowledge of the different medications used to treat mental health issues is vital to appropriate treatment success. Once we diagnosis exactly what is going on, we move on to the most effective treatment options until symptom relief is achieved.
Every person is unique and so is their chemistry. Finding the right medication or combination requires experience and expertise. A vast knowledge of the different medications used to treat mental health issues is vital to appropriate treatment success. Once we diagnosis exactly what is going on, we move on to the most effective treatment options until symptom relief is achieved.
(763) 343-8554 View (763) 343-8554
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Brooke Resch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369
I approach every person as a unique individual with different origins and history in the development of their mental health. Likewise, each person’s path to recovery is uniquely tailored to what will work best for them. We will work together to uncover the best treatment so you can function optimally.
I approach every person as a unique individual with different origins and history in the development of their mental health. Likewise, each person’s path to recovery is uniquely tailored to what will work best for them. We will work together to uncover the best treatment so you can function optimally.
(763) 878-7116 View (763) 878-7116
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Deborah Troy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Board Certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Hello, I am Board Certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(763) 314-3787 View (763) 314-3787
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Kayla Kvell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
Dr. Kayla Kvell is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents (14+) and adults. Her areas of special interest include ADHD; bipolar disorder and mood issues; postpartum depression, peri & postmenopausal symptoms; and metabolic/hormonal dysfunction and its impact on mental health. She uses an integrative approach to address and identify underlying causes of psychiatric conditions.
Dr. Kayla Kvell is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents (14+) and adults. Her areas of special interest include ADHD; bipolar disorder and mood issues; postpartum depression, peri & postmenopausal symptoms; and metabolic/hormonal dysfunction and its impact on mental health. She uses an integrative approach to address and identify underlying causes of psychiatric conditions.
(651) 419-3554 View (651) 419-3554
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Lindsey Hatcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Maple Grove, MN 55369
My passion is fueled by a sincere desire to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals navigating mental health challenges. With a unique blend of clinical expertise and genuine empathy, I am dedicated to creating a supportive environment where individuals can find comfort and strength in their mental health journey. I apply a holistic perspective, recognizing that mental well-being is intricately connected to various aspects of one's life. Immediate openings are available both online and in person.
My passion is fueled by a sincere desire to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals navigating mental health challenges. With a unique blend of clinical expertise and genuine empathy, I am dedicated to creating a supportive environment where individuals can find comfort and strength in their mental health journey. I apply a holistic perspective, recognizing that mental well-being is intricately connected to various aspects of one's life. Immediate openings are available both online and in person.
(763) 334-5769 View (763) 334-5769
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Kellie “Kiki” Hanson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
I don't really have an "ideal" client. I am in this field to help everyone, not only bigger issues, but what we would perceive as "small" ones as well. I think everyone has something in their life that needs to be tweaked, and I believe with medication, therapy, and coping skill, most people can conquer their problems. It just takes a lot of hard work, and those are the types of patients I love. The ones not afraid to put the work in to become healthy, both mentally and physically.
I don't really have an "ideal" client. I am in this field to help everyone, not only bigger issues, but what we would perceive as "small" ones as well. I think everyone has something in their life that needs to be tweaked, and I believe with medication, therapy, and coping skill, most people can conquer their problems. It just takes a lot of hard work, and those are the types of patients I love. The ones not afraid to put the work in to become healthy, both mentally and physically.
(763) 265-7126 View (763) 265-7126
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Ediomi 'edee' Enebong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being, and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health. Find out more at www.pleasantplacepsychiatry.com.
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being, and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health. Find out more at www.pleasantplacepsychiatry.com.
(763) 314-3709 View (763) 314-3709
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Gladys A Ndege
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients within 48 hours, via Telehealth only, for psychiatric evaluation, brief psychotherapy and medication management for mood disorders, trauma, sleep issues, anxiety and other mental health issues. I believe that the development of mental health conditions is a combination of factors relating to genetics, environment and other stressors. Every client presents differently and therefore, I work with each individual uniquely to address the challenges associated with mental health. My approach is Client-Centered Care that enables and encourages clients to take part in their care.
Now accepting new patients within 48 hours, via Telehealth only, for psychiatric evaluation, brief psychotherapy and medication management for mood disorders, trauma, sleep issues, anxiety and other mental health issues. I believe that the development of mental health conditions is a combination of factors relating to genetics, environment and other stressors. Every client presents differently and therefore, I work with each individual uniquely to address the challenges associated with mental health. My approach is Client-Centered Care that enables and encourages clients to take part in their care.
(763) 298-4312 View (763) 298-4312
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Jeanne Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369
In my 36 years of work with individuals, clinicians and students, I am convinced that sorting through feelings of pain, distress or numbness, is best helped by exploring these difficulties with a reflective partner who understands the preciousness of opening up. This partnership can discover and illuminate parts of you, which enhances the unique interplay of your thoughts, feelings and experiences. These discoveries help you develop better tools for a richer life. Private pay. I am a Graduate of Rush Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School-Psychiatry and the Institute for Psychoanalysis- Chicago.
In my 36 years of work with individuals, clinicians and students, I am convinced that sorting through feelings of pain, distress or numbness, is best helped by exploring these difficulties with a reflective partner who understands the preciousness of opening up. This partnership can discover and illuminate parts of you, which enhances the unique interplay of your thoughts, feelings and experiences. These discoveries help you develop better tools for a richer life. Private pay. I am a Graduate of Rush Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School-Psychiatry and the Institute for Psychoanalysis- Chicago.
(952) 388-2364 View (952) 388-2364
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Tranquil Minds Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN, PHN, MA
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Nicole Albaugh, PMHNP-BC, is the founder and owner of Tranquil Minds Psychiatry. Nicole offers psychiatric services such as diagnostic testing, medication management, psychotherapy, and treatment monitoring. Psychiatric services are provided to clients 6 years old and up. Nicole is very excited to bring these services to rural Minnesota. Nicole has worked in the field of psychiatric services for 15 years in a variety of roles. She is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has a master's in counseling and psychological services. She is a member of the ANA, APA, AANP, and MNA among other organizations.
Nicole Albaugh, PMHNP-BC, is the founder and owner of Tranquil Minds Psychiatry. Nicole offers psychiatric services such as diagnostic testing, medication management, psychotherapy, and treatment monitoring. Psychiatric services are provided to clients 6 years old and up. Nicole is very excited to bring these services to rural Minnesota. Nicole has worked in the field of psychiatric services for 15 years in a variety of roles. She is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has a master's in counseling and psychological services. She is a member of the ANA, APA, AANP, and MNA among other organizations.
(218) 318-0941 View (218) 318-0941
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Dr. Talha John Baloch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
At Comprehensive Psych Solutions, we strive to provide the highest level of care to our clients. To do this, our Board Certified Psychiatrists perform a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. This allows us to provide different treatment solutions, that we discuss in great detail with you, so you can make the most educated decision for your health. Dr. Baloch is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Please visit our website for more info. Open to patients in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. Completely virtual care.
At Comprehensive Psych Solutions, we strive to provide the highest level of care to our clients. To do this, our Board Certified Psychiatrists perform a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. This allows us to provide different treatment solutions, that we discuss in great detail with you, so you can make the most educated decision for your health. Dr. Baloch is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Please visit our website for more info. Open to patients in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. Completely virtual care.
(630) 228-9214 View (630) 228-9214
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Chinwe Eke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Minnesota. I received my Masters from Liberty University, Virginia, and have been practicing for 2 years. I help young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, career stress, and burnout become the best versions of themselves.
Hi! I'm a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Minnesota. I received my Masters from Liberty University, Virginia, and have been practicing for 2 years. I help young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, career stress, and burnout become the best versions of themselves.
(763) 888-8931 View (763) 888-8931
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Gerard Balan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maple Grove, MN 55369
As a nurse practitioner certified in Psychiatry, I believe in providing each patient with holistic, comprehensive care that is effective, efficient, and compassionate. I also believe in a team approach where I collaborate with the patient and other providers to determine a plan that will bring lasting wellness. I am board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and have a special interest and expertise in treating major depression, anxiety, ADHD, and narcotic addiction.
As a nurse practitioner certified in Psychiatry, I believe in providing each patient with holistic, comprehensive care that is effective, efficient, and compassionate. I also believe in a team approach where I collaborate with the patient and other providers to determine a plan that will bring lasting wellness. I am board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and have a special interest and expertise in treating major depression, anxiety, ADHD, and narcotic addiction.
(763) 310-3384 View (763) 310-3384
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Plymouth Psych Group
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maple Grove, MN 55369
We are a full-service mental health clinic and believe in a holistic approach for the treatment of mental illness - based on treating the "whole" person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, and social aspects of well-being. With compassion and understanding, our clinical team work with everyone to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. While focusing on our work to perform comprehensive assessments, accurate diagnoses, and advanced treatment of mental disorders in children and adults, our mission is to provide excellent and compassionate mental health care.
We are a full-service mental health clinic and believe in a holistic approach for the treatment of mental illness - based on treating the "whole" person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, and social aspects of well-being. With compassion and understanding, our clinical team work with everyone to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. While focusing on our work to perform comprehensive assessments, accurate diagnoses, and advanced treatment of mental disorders in children and adults, our mission is to provide excellent and compassionate mental health care.
(763) 225-2551 View (763) 225-2551
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Number of Psychiatrists in Maple Grove, MN

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Maple Grove, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% Bipolar Disorder
81% Trauma and PTSD
74% ADHD
74% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
76% Aetna
76% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Maple Grove, MN see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Maple Grove?

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.