Psychiatrists in Forrest County, MS

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Richard W George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Hello, I'm Rick. I have been a practicing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 19 years. I treat the whole person-body, mind, and soul- which is the key to healing and well-being. True healing cannot come from medication alone; listening, understanding, searching, and finding the missing connectedness to the life we were designed to live is necessary for complete healing. I approach your counseling and mental health care as your tour guide on your journey to a more meaningful and purposeful Life.
Hello, I'm Rick. I have been a practicing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 19 years. I treat the whole person-body, mind, and soul- which is the key to healing and well-being. True healing cannot come from medication alone; listening, understanding, searching, and finding the missing connectedness to the life we were designed to live is necessary for complete healing. I approach your counseling and mental health care as your tour guide on your journey to a more meaningful and purposeful Life.
(769) 207-7579 View (769) 207-7579
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Uplift Mental Health Wellness & Healing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Mental Health is a part of everyone and there are times that reaching out to a professional is necessary! I use my knowledge and expertise assisting each client to make improvements that encourage wellness and a healthier life. My goal is for each person to think better, feel better, and ultimately be better. Mind, body and spirit are all connected and addressing each component encourages optimal health. I believe taking the steps to achieve one's best life is no easy task but is well worth the effort! I would love the opportunity to work with you on your journey of healing.
Mental Health is a part of everyone and there are times that reaching out to a professional is necessary! I use my knowledge and expertise assisting each client to make improvements that encourage wellness and a healthier life. My goal is for each person to think better, feel better, and ultimately be better. Mind, body and spirit are all connected and addressing each component encourages optimal health. I believe taking the steps to achieve one's best life is no easy task but is well worth the effort! I would love the opportunity to work with you on your journey of healing.
(769) 300-9780 View (769) 300-9780
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Neelou Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
I have been a Nurse Practitioner since 2004. I am certified in Psychiatric services. My passion is for treating clients who are struggling with mental health concerns. My career has been focused mainly on the mental health field for the past 17 years. My career has allowed me to travel to various locations, including Utah and Wisconsin. My home is, however, in Hattiesburg. I understood the need for psychiatric services in this area, and I returned home to pursue my passion.
I have been a Nurse Practitioner since 2004. I am certified in Psychiatric services. My passion is for treating clients who are struggling with mental health concerns. My career has been focused mainly on the mental health field for the past 17 years. My career has allowed me to travel to various locations, including Utah and Wisconsin. My home is, however, in Hattiesburg. I understood the need for psychiatric services in this area, and I returned home to pursue my passion.
(601) 714-2832 View (601) 714-2832
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LaTesha Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, GNP
Verified Verified
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Accepting New Patients. Have you found it difficult to get the help you need quickly and easily? Have you ever struggled to find the best mental-health treatment for you or someone you love? We understand that it’s difficult to get the help you need quickly in Mississippi, and that’s why here at Right Track Medical Group, we strive to be there for you when you or a loved one needs help. We aim to give you the best personalized care plan as swiftly as possible without sacrificing quality care.
Accepting New Patients. Have you found it difficult to get the help you need quickly and easily? Have you ever struggled to find the best mental-health treatment for you or someone you love? We understand that it’s difficult to get the help you need quickly in Mississippi, and that’s why here at Right Track Medical Group, we strive to be there for you when you or a loved one needs help. We aim to give you the best personalized care plan as swiftly as possible without sacrificing quality care.
(769) 200-0941 View (769) 200-0941
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Racheal Pritchett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
I treat a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, and PTSD.
I treat a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, and PTSD.
(601) 429-2653 View (601) 429-2653
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Toni Angela Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Petal, MS 39465  (Online Only)
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
(601) 300-6286 View (601) 300-6286
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Kelli E Pruit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hattiesburg, MS 39402  (Online Only)
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
(850) 990-1619 View (850) 990-1619
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Kelli E. Pruitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hattiesburg, MS 39402  (Online Only)
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
(850) 367-8983 View (850) 367-8983
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A Safe Place Wellness Solutions LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hattiesburg, MS 39401  (Online Only)
I am committed to helping those who struggle with mental health issues that are common to us all. I enjoy helping children and adults who have experienced trauma. Additionally, I specialize in helping those who are diagnosed with depression, anxiety ADHD, PTSD, and anger.
I am committed to helping those who struggle with mental health issues that are common to us all. I enjoy helping children and adults who have experienced trauma. Additionally, I specialize in helping those who are diagnosed with depression, anxiety ADHD, PTSD, and anger.
(601) 800-7107 View (601) 800-7107
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MindWorks Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Depression? There are new treatment options offering relief from depression in as little as 2 weeks! Not your usual SSRI’s or SNRI's. Is it covered by insurance? Yes. There is help & hope for you. Binge eating disorder? We offer individualized treatment. ADHD focused care assessed with Testing and once a day treatments available! We offer Psychiatric Medication Management online throughout Mississippi. We also have in person visits available.
Depression? There are new treatment options offering relief from depression in as little as 2 weeks! Not your usual SSRI’s or SNRI's. Is it covered by insurance? Yes. There is help & hope for you. Binge eating disorder? We offer individualized treatment. ADHD focused care assessed with Testing and once a day treatments available! We offer Psychiatric Medication Management online throughout Mississippi. We also have in person visits available.
(601) 851-8202 View (601) 851-8202

Online Psychiatrists

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Rose Casano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, MS 39110
I like to spend quality time to get to the root of my patient's problems. Using the practice of integrative psychiatry, all attempts should be made to get to the correct diagnosis for every individual. This can be a complex process. In the meantime, evidence-based medicine and common sense practices can be used to improve patients' mental and physical health. Personalized medicine can be a useful tool to assist clinicians in this day and age. I have been blessed to have 35 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings and would like to get to know you.
I like to spend quality time to get to the root of my patient's problems. Using the practice of integrative psychiatry, all attempts should be made to get to the correct diagnosis for every individual. This can be a complex process. In the meantime, evidence-based medicine and common sense practices can be used to improve patients' mental and physical health. Personalized medicine can be a useful tool to assist clinicians in this day and age. I have been blessed to have 35 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings and would like to get to know you.
(601) 751-4558 View (601) 751-4558
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Bethany Ball
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Madison, MS 39110
Accepting New Patients. Have you found it difficult to get the help you need quickly and easily? Have you ever struggled to find the best mental-health treatment for you or someone you love? We understand that it’s difficult to get the help you need quickly in Mississippi, and that’s why here at Right Track Medical Group, we strive to be there for you when you or a loved one needs help. We aim to give you the best personalized care plan as swiftly as possible without sacrificing quality care.
Accepting New Patients. Have you found it difficult to get the help you need quickly and easily? Have you ever struggled to find the best mental-health treatment for you or someone you love? We understand that it’s difficult to get the help you need quickly in Mississippi, and that’s why here at Right Track Medical Group, we strive to be there for you when you or a loved one needs help. We aim to give you the best personalized care plan as swiftly as possible without sacrificing quality care.
(601) 751-7588 View (601) 751-7588
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gulfport, MS 39507
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Dr. Chancey S Penn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DHA, MSN, FNPBC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gulfport, MS 39501
As a nurse practitioner specialized in mental and family health care, I'm committed to understanding your unique health challenges and goals. My approach integrates mental and physical health care, allowing for comprehensive support. I distinguish myself by continuously advancing my expertise in these fields and creating a non-judgmental, safe space for all family members, ensuring everyone's concerns are heard and addressed effectively.
As a nurse practitioner specialized in mental and family health care, I'm committed to understanding your unique health challenges and goals. My approach integrates mental and physical health care, allowing for comprehensive support. I distinguish myself by continuously advancing my expertise in these fields and creating a non-judgmental, safe space for all family members, ensuring everyone's concerns are heard and addressed effectively.
(228) 460-0476 View (228) 460-0476
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Ovathera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jackson, MS 39201  (Online Only)
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) provoke monthly symptoms of anxiety and depression among other symptoms. If you are experiencing severe mood swings, irritability and thinking you are losing your mind, I can help. We provide integrative care that includes using lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, medication management. Our goal is to get you from where you are to where you want to be. We manage you mood and physical symptoms associated with PMDD/PMS including anxiety and depression.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) provoke monthly symptoms of anxiety and depression among other symptoms. If you are experiencing severe mood swings, irritability and thinking you are losing your mind, I can help. We provide integrative care that includes using lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, medication management. Our goal is to get you from where you are to where you want to be. We manage you mood and physical symptoms associated with PMDD/PMS including anxiety and depression.
(601) 685-4861 View (601) 685-4861
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LaTrinia Payne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Madison, MS 39110
Accepting New Patients. Have you found it difficult to get the help you need quickly and easily? Have you ever struggled to find the best mental-health treatment for you or someone you love? We understand that it’s difficult to get the help you need quickly in North Mississippi, and that’s why here at Right Track Medical Group, we strive to be there for you when you or a loved one needs help. We aim to give you the best personalized care plan as swiftly as possible without sacrificing quality care.
Accepting New Patients. Have you found it difficult to get the help you need quickly and easily? Have you ever struggled to find the best mental-health treatment for you or someone you love? We understand that it’s difficult to get the help you need quickly in North Mississippi, and that’s why here at Right Track Medical Group, we strive to be there for you when you or a loved one needs help. We aim to give you the best personalized care plan as swiftly as possible without sacrificing quality care.
(601) 864-1940 View (601) 864-1940
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Rachael Stout
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Madison, MS 39110  (Online Only)
Throughout my practice, I have found that overcoming mental health struggles is essential to overall well being. I would love to support you in that journey.
Throughout my practice, I have found that overcoming mental health struggles is essential to overall well being. I would love to support you in that journey.
(601) 707-6942 View (601) 707-6942
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Lindsey J Rogers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Meridian, MS 39305  (Online Only)
I have over 18 years of nursing experience with roughly ten of those years in the mental health field. I have gained experience by providing optimal care for diverse populations, managing various diagnoses, and incorporating multiple treatment modalities across vastly different cultures. My philosophy of care includes integrating therapeutic perspectives between each client, the clinician, family members or support persons, and the environment while accommodating fluctuation of mental states, stressors, financial status, social stigmas, and access to care.
I have over 18 years of nursing experience with roughly ten of those years in the mental health field. I have gained experience by providing optimal care for diverse populations, managing various diagnoses, and incorporating multiple treatment modalities across vastly different cultures. My philosophy of care includes integrating therapeutic perspectives between each client, the clinician, family members or support persons, and the environment while accommodating fluctuation of mental states, stressors, financial status, social stigmas, and access to care.
(601) 476-5756 View (601) 476-5756
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Grace Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Madison, MS 39110
Have you felt overwhelmed, hopeless, or just not like yourself? Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer comprehensive medication management services to individuals experiencing a range of mental health challenges. With a focus on evidence-based practices and a commitment to holistic care, I work closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans to address their unique needs and goals. I am currently accepting new patients and work with a compassionate team of therapists to deliver a comprehensive approach tailored to address your mental health needs.
Have you felt overwhelmed, hopeless, or just not like yourself? Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer comprehensive medication management services to individuals experiencing a range of mental health challenges. With a focus on evidence-based practices and a commitment to holistic care, I work closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans to address their unique needs and goals. I am currently accepting new patients and work with a compassionate team of therapists to deliver a comprehensive approach tailored to address your mental health needs.
(601) 565-4596 View (601) 565-4596

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Forrest County, MS

10+

Average cost per session

$125

Psychiatrists in Forrest County, MS who prioritize treating:

82% Anxiety
73% Depression
73% Medication Management
64% ADHD
64% Trauma and PTSD
64% Bipolar Disorder
55% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Forrest County, MS see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Forrest County?

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.