Psychiatrists in University, MS

Photo of undefined - Dr. Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
University, MS 38677  (Online Only)
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(601) 565-3908 View (601) 565-3908

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Brantley Catlette, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brantley Catlette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oxford, MS 38655
Whether you are a student looking for a local provider or a Mississippi resident, we provide accessible and individualized care. Our online scheduling is there for you to easily make your first appointment. Brantley is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He is dually certified as a family nurse practitioner, and he has been an RN since 2004. His gentle, caring approach puts people at ease as they navigate finding the right treatment.
Whether you are a student looking for a local provider or a Mississippi resident, we provide accessible and individualized care. Our online scheduling is there for you to easily make your first appointment. Brantley is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He is dually certified as a family nurse practitioner, and he has been an RN since 2004. His gentle, caring approach puts people at ease as they navigate finding the right treatment.
(662) 734-1424 View (662) 734-1424
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Krisna Hervey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
Krisna Hervey is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management. She has over a decade of experience in the mental health and medical field. Krisna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Mississippi in 2011. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2015. Krisna’s clinical expertise includes treating both children and adults that come to her with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, sleep behaviors, schizophrenia, and substance abuse.
Krisna Hervey is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management. She has over a decade of experience in the mental health and medical field. Krisna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Mississippi in 2011. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2015. Krisna’s clinical expertise includes treating both children and adults that come to her with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, sleep behaviors, schizophrenia, and substance abuse.
(662) 767-6647 View (662) 767-6647
Photo of Dianna Douglass, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dianna Douglass
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
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.
(662) 967-3891 View (662) 967-3891
Photo of Stephen Pannel, DO, ABPN, ABAM, Psychiatrist
Stephen Pannel
Psychiatrist, DO, ABPN, ABAM
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
When a child or teenager has mental-health needs, our first goal is getting to know this young person and understanding where he or she is coming from. Each individual brings a unique combination of biological, psychological and social factors. We explore those three dimensions as we learn about a young person’s mental-health needs and whether they will be best served by therapy, medication, or a combination of both. At Right Track Medical Group we understand the importance of privacy in mental healthcare, and design our clinics with our patients’ privacy in mind.
When a child or teenager has mental-health needs, our first goal is getting to know this young person and understanding where he or she is coming from. Each individual brings a unique combination of biological, psychological and social factors. We explore those three dimensions as we learn about a young person’s mental-health needs and whether they will be best served by therapy, medication, or a combination of both. At Right Track Medical Group we understand the importance of privacy in mental healthcare, and design our clinics with our patients’ privacy in mind.
(662) 262-6941 View (662) 262-6941
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Katherine Pannel
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
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.
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.
(662) 222-0382 View (662) 222-0382
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Erin Harrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oxford, MS 38655
We provide a welcoming environment to children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Our providers treat autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, dementia, attention-deficit disorders, impulse-control disorders, eating disorders, grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, gender identity issues, and anxiety disorders.
We provide a welcoming environment to children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Our providers treat autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, dementia, attention-deficit disorders, impulse-control disorders, eating disorders, grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, gender identity issues, and anxiety disorders.
(662) 510-8606 View (662) 510-8606
Photo of Ann (Jeni) Laney Wallace Bond, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ann (Jeni) Laney Wallace Bond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
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.
(662) 667-1993 View (662) 667-1993
Photo of Jennifer Floyd, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Floyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
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.
(662) 214-9801 View (662) 214-9801
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Transcultural Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MILD, BSN, BA
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
I am a Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in Mississippi & Tennessee. I see clients for psychotherapy, medication assessment and management. I take a sensitive approach, informed by an understanding that treatment is a partnership. My practice is open to clients with a wide variety of psychiatric concerns including ADHD, Alzheimer's, anxiety, bipolar, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders. I enjoy treating patients collaboratively and holistically with communication, a key component to my practice. I honor my patients' input in tailoring treatment to suit their needs and I am respectful of their work with other health professionals.
I am a Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in Mississippi & Tennessee. I see clients for psychotherapy, medication assessment and management. I take a sensitive approach, informed by an understanding that treatment is a partnership. My practice is open to clients with a wide variety of psychiatric concerns including ADHD, Alzheimer's, anxiety, bipolar, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders. I enjoy treating patients collaboratively and holistically with communication, a key component to my practice. I honor my patients' input in tailoring treatment to suit their needs and I am respectful of their work with other health professionals.
(662) 733-4537 View (662) 733-4537
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Ovathera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655  (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
Photo of Paige Pounds, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Paige Pounds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
I provide medication management services with brief therapy to those suffering with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, ADHD, binge-eating disorder, and other issues related to mental health.
I provide medication management services with brief therapy to those suffering with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, ADHD, binge-eating disorder, and other issues related to mental health.
(662) 430-3265 View (662) 430-3265
Photo of undefined - Life Balance, PLLC, PMHMP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Life Balance, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHMP, BC
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
Life Balance PLLC, located in Oxford, Mississippi, provides the community and surrounding area with high-quality psychiatric treatment for clients twelve years of age and up. Our clients include people throughout Northern Mississippi as well as Ole Miss students, faculty, and staff. While we provide medication management for mental health purposes, we also cooperate with other local medical providers and counselors to ensure that our clients enjoy well-balanced lives. Our family-owned and operated business has been in the making for a long time, and we are excited to serve all your mental health needs.
Life Balance PLLC, located in Oxford, Mississippi, provides the community and surrounding area with high-quality psychiatric treatment for clients twelve years of age and up. Our clients include people throughout Northern Mississippi as well as Ole Miss students, faculty, and staff. While we provide medication management for mental health purposes, we also cooperate with other local medical providers and counselors to ensure that our clients enjoy well-balanced lives. Our family-owned and operated business has been in the making for a long time, and we are excited to serve all your mental health needs.
(662) 339-4941 View (662) 339-4941
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In Focus Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
At In Focus Psychiatry we provide welcoming environment to children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Our providers treat autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, dementia, attention-deficit disorders, impulse-control disorders, eating disorders, grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, gender identity issues, and anxiety disorders.
At In Focus Psychiatry we provide welcoming environment to children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Our providers treat autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, dementia, attention-deficit disorders, impulse-control disorders, eating disorders, grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, gender identity issues, and anxiety disorders.
(662) 727-5813 View (662) 727-5813
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Colby Ponder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oxford, MS 38655
Welcome! My name is Colby Ponder and I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who provides medication management and brief talk therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults ages six and older in Mississippi. At Sound Mind Psychiatry, we offer in-person and telehealth services.
Welcome! My name is Colby Ponder and I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who provides medication management and brief talk therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults ages six and older in Mississippi. At Sound Mind Psychiatry, we offer in-person and telehealth services.
(662) 337-8194 View (662) 337-8194
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxford, MS 38655
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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Dianna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP-c
Verified Verified
Abbeville, MS 38601  (Online Only)
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-C, DNP-c is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider. Diana states she is honored and reverent that her practice role allows the responsibility of managing and facilitating care;
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-C, DNP-c is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider. Diana states she is honored and reverent that her practice role allows the responsibility of managing and facilitating care;
(615) 392-6585 View (615) 392-6585

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Avanti Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Olive Branch, MS 38654
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with an aim to provide client-centered, expert mental health services such as psychiatric evaluations and medication management to all communities with an intent to treat conditions in 5 year olds and up. I provide flexible & affordable telehealth, mobile, & in person appointments w/ some evenings & weekends. BBHS also offers primary care services, MS Medical Cannabis certification, weight loss, Suboxone clinic, & DUI School. We accept most insurance plans, CareCredit, and ScratchPay. We also provide personalized payment plans to meet your needs.
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with an aim to provide client-centered, expert mental health services such as psychiatric evaluations and medication management to all communities with an intent to treat conditions in 5 year olds and up. I provide flexible & affordable telehealth, mobile, & in person appointments w/ some evenings & weekends. BBHS also offers primary care services, MS Medical Cannabis certification, weight loss, Suboxone clinic, & DUI School. We accept most insurance plans, CareCredit, and ScratchPay. We also provide personalized payment plans to meet your needs.
(731) 202-9012 View (731) 202-9012
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Ashley Cooper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Southaven, MS 38672
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with greater than 6 years of outpatient experience. I see patients in Southaven, MS at Bobby Scott & Associates Professional Counseling. I offer medication management as treatment for many psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and adjustment disorder. In addition to medication management services, my office has multiple extensively trained therapists that can also assist with these issues if therapy is needed.
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with greater than 6 years of outpatient experience. I see patients in Southaven, MS at Bobby Scott & Associates Professional Counseling. I offer medication management as treatment for many psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and adjustment disorder. In addition to medication management services, my office has multiple extensively trained therapists that can also assist with these issues if therapy is needed.
(662) 506-5151 View (662) 506-5151
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Summer Jennings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tupelo, MS 38801
Summer is a master’s level and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults. Her specialties allow her to address an array of mental health issues across the life span. Her experience includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment.
Summer is a master’s level and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults. Her specialties allow her to address an array of mental health issues across the life span. Her experience includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment.
(662) 246-2544 View (662) 246-2544

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in University, MS

< 10

Psychiatrists in University, MS who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

16 Years

How Psychiatrists in University, MS see their clients

100% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in University?

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.