Psychiatrists in Boone, NC

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Leistey Tindall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Boone, NC 28607  (Online Only)
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
(828) 360-9670 View (828) 360-9670
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Mood Treatment Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boone, NC 28607
A nationally recognized center with offices in Boone, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro, NC. We offer counseling, medication, natural treatments, DBT, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine. When people take medications, we help them build a lifestyle to further their recovery (see http://www.moodtreatmentcenter.com/lifestyle).
A nationally recognized center with offices in Boone, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro, NC. We offer counseling, medication, natural treatments, DBT, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine. When people take medications, we help them build a lifestyle to further their recovery (see http://www.moodtreatmentcenter.com/lifestyle).
(828) 949-1718 View (828) 949-1718
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Dr. Alycia Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boone, NC 28607
WELCOME! I have over 20 years of experience in treating mental health issues, and I love it! Let’s meet and see what aspects of therapy, medications, and/or lifestyle strategies we can use to work toward your goals. Check out my website for more details on my practice and fees: www.abrownmd.com. I have experience in many things, but special areas of interest/additional expertise: ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, high functioning autism (formerly Asperger syndrome), LGBTQ+ populations.
WELCOME! I have over 20 years of experience in treating mental health issues, and I love it! Let’s meet and see what aspects of therapy, medications, and/or lifestyle strategies we can use to work toward your goals. Check out my website for more details on my practice and fees: www.abrownmd.com. I have experience in many things, but special areas of interest/additional expertise: ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, high functioning autism (formerly Asperger syndrome), LGBTQ+ populations.
(828) 818-8991 View (828) 818-8991
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TelePsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Boone, NC 28608
Our clinic provides Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
Our clinic provides Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(828) 575-0687 View (828) 575-0687
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Center for Emotional Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Boone, NC 28607
CEH offers traditional and alternative mental health services to ensure our patients have the best treatment and support available. CEH offers the following services: virtual + in-office appointments, therapy + counseling, medication management, medicated assisted treatment for substance abuse + veteran support services. CEH provides treatment for patients ages 4 and older, with a less-than two-week waiting period guaranteed at our 50+ office locations. CEH is conveniently located throughout North Carolina including Asheville, Boone, Concord, Charlotte, Raleigh, Statesville, Winston, and Wilmington; we also have offices in Florida.
CEH offers traditional and alternative mental health services to ensure our patients have the best treatment and support available. CEH offers the following services: virtual + in-office appointments, therapy + counseling, medication management, medicated assisted treatment for substance abuse + veteran support services. CEH provides treatment for patients ages 4 and older, with a less-than two-week waiting period guaranteed at our 50+ office locations. CEH is conveniently located throughout North Carolina including Asheville, Boone, Concord, Charlotte, Raleigh, Statesville, Winston, and Wilmington; we also have offices in Florida.
(704) 237-4240 View (704) 237-4240

Online Psychiatrists

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Karen Shugart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Clemmons, NC 27012
With a focus primarily on medication evaluation and management, I offer a warm, open, and non-judgmental approach that empowers clients to share freely and fully participate as they move toward their goals. My goal is to offer evidence-based, inclusive treatment that helps clients function at their highest level.
With a focus primarily on medication evaluation and management, I offer a warm, open, and non-judgmental approach that empowers clients to share freely and fully participate as they move toward their goals. My goal is to offer evidence-based, inclusive treatment that helps clients function at their highest level.
(336) 360-5711 View (336) 360-5711
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Nicole Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW, RN
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262
Seeking mental health treatment is an important dimension to your overall health, and I'm honored that you've chosen me to accompany you on this journey towards a happier, healthier you. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you feel heard, valued, and supported. I'm committed to understanding your unique challenges and working together to achieve your mental wellness goals. Whatever the struggle, I will meet you where you are and according to your timeline.
Seeking mental health treatment is an important dimension to your overall health, and I'm honored that you've chosen me to accompany you on this journey towards a happier, healthier you. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you feel heard, valued, and supported. I'm committed to understanding your unique challenges and working together to achieve your mental wellness goals. Whatever the struggle, I will meet you where you are and according to your timeline.
(980) 372-6662 View (980) 372-6662
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William F Wright
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
I am the founder and psychiatrist at EirPax Psychiatry. I offer exceptional full spectrum psychiatric care in the comfort of your own home with telehealth services to help your busy lifestyle. With a foundation of psychotherapy ("talk therapy") and the ability to utilize medications if needed, I offer active ways to find help. I offer patient-centered and evidence-based treatments to assist in a wide spectrum of mental health and relationship issues - whether these issues have just arisen or have been present lifelong. Medication management appointments are also available to those stable with their current medication regimen.
I am the founder and psychiatrist at EirPax Psychiatry. I offer exceptional full spectrum psychiatric care in the comfort of your own home with telehealth services to help your busy lifestyle. With a foundation of psychotherapy ("talk therapy") and the ability to utilize medications if needed, I offer active ways to find help. I offer patient-centered and evidence-based treatments to assist in a wide spectrum of mental health and relationship issues - whether these issues have just arisen or have been present lifelong. Medication management appointments are also available to those stable with their current medication regimen.
(704) 327-0871 View (704) 327-0871
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Zen Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, NC 28034  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Crystal Martinez and I want to help you be at your best! I have an affinity for Addictions, infertility, mood and anxiety disorders.
Hello, my name is Crystal Martinez and I want to help you be at your best! I have an affinity for Addictions, infertility, mood and anxiety disorders.
(704) 826-3478 View (704) 826-3478
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Amy Langston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
Before transitioning into advanced practice, Amy was a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, that had the privilege of working at several prestigious psychiatric hospitals in a variety of settings. In both her academic and professional life, she strives to deliver comprehensive evidence-based mental health and wellness services. As a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she aims to provide holistic care, taking into consideration the psychological, social, biological, and cultural needs of each individual patient.
Before transitioning into advanced practice, Amy was a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, that had the privilege of working at several prestigious psychiatric hospitals in a variety of settings. In both her academic and professional life, she strives to deliver comprehensive evidence-based mental health and wellness services. As a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she aims to provide holistic care, taking into consideration the psychological, social, biological, and cultural needs of each individual patient.
(704) 610-0188 View (704) 610-0188
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Tammy Arms
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209  (Online Only)
Dr. Tammy Arms is a board-certified Adult/Gero Primary Care and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats clients across the lifespan. She has been a nurse practitioner for 16 years and a registered nurse for 26 years. Tammy treats all ages and a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, personality disorders, gender identity concerns, sleep/insomnia issues, and trauma.
Dr. Tammy Arms is a board-certified Adult/Gero Primary Care and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats clients across the lifespan. She has been a nurse practitioner for 16 years and a registered nurse for 26 years. Tammy treats all ages and a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, personality disorders, gender identity concerns, sleep/insomnia issues, and trauma.
(704) 769-2079 View (704) 769-2079
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Caroline Gamble
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
Caroline Gamble is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats adolescents and adults. Caroline began her career in mental health working as an inpatient psychiatric mental health nurse at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with her Master’s degree, she joined BlueSky Telepsych.
Caroline Gamble is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats adolescents and adults. Caroline began her career in mental health working as an inpatient psychiatric mental health nurse at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with her Master’s degree, she joined BlueSky Telepsych.
(630) 912-7206 View (630) 912-7206
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Thabit Al-Khateeb
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Asheville, NC 28803
Concierge Medicine and Psychiatry is a concierge psychiatric practice offering integrative treatment modalities, Ketamine treatment, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and individualized, private psychiatric care in office or home-based settings. Our outpatient Psychiatry practice has recently added Dr. Al-Khateeb, and we are now accepting new patients for a limited time. Dr. Al-Khateeb is a board certified general adult psychiatrist, providing medication management as well as psychotherapy in office based or telemedicine formats.
Concierge Medicine and Psychiatry is a concierge psychiatric practice offering integrative treatment modalities, Ketamine treatment, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and individualized, private psychiatric care in office or home-based settings. Our outpatient Psychiatry practice has recently added Dr. Al-Khateeb, and we are now accepting new patients for a limited time. Dr. Al-Khateeb is a board certified general adult psychiatrist, providing medication management as well as psychotherapy in office based or telemedicine formats.
(828) 268-3320 View (828) 268-3320
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Rashonda Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
Are you tired of feeling down, and depressed with low to no motivation? Are you struggling with feeling overwhelmed, racing thoughts and/or trouble sleeping? Are you or a loved one struggling with staying on task, focusing, or remembering things? What about experiencing some increased stress and needing help with coping skills? No worries! I am here to help! My name is Rashonda Wilson, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed by the State of North Carolina and board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Are you tired of feeling down, and depressed with low to no motivation? Are you struggling with feeling overwhelmed, racing thoughts and/or trouble sleeping? Are you or a loved one struggling with staying on task, focusing, or remembering things? What about experiencing some increased stress and needing help with coping skills? No worries! I am here to help! My name is Rashonda Wilson, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed by the State of North Carolina and board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
(980) 983-5591 View (980) 983-5591
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Tiffany Lindsay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified
Concord, NC 28025
Tiffany Lindsay is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with six years of experience with mental illness and substance use. Having worked primarily as a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMHN-BC) in an inpatient crisis stabilization unit, Tiffany decided to pursue an advanced practice nursing degree to better bridge the gap in access to care and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness in her community. Tiffany obtained a Bachelor's degree in nursing from Fayetteville State University and a Master's degree in nursing from East Carolina University.
Tiffany Lindsay is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with six years of experience with mental illness and substance use. Having worked primarily as a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMHN-BC) in an inpatient crisis stabilization unit, Tiffany decided to pursue an advanced practice nursing degree to better bridge the gap in access to care and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness in her community. Tiffany obtained a Bachelor's degree in nursing from Fayetteville State University and a Master's degree in nursing from East Carolina University.
(704) 389-5038 View (704) 389-5038
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Dr. Derek C Ayers
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Apogee Behavioral Medicine is outpatient behavioral health clinic that comprises psychiatrists, therapists, and wellness coaches. Across our locations, we offer a multitude of services, ranging from medication management, psychotherapy, family counseling, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. We have specialists that care for all ages, from early childhood through late adulthood. We provide evidence-based medication and therapy services. We have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, mood disorder, trauma, ADHD, and many other conditions.
Apogee Behavioral Medicine is outpatient behavioral health clinic that comprises psychiatrists, therapists, and wellness coaches. Across our locations, we offer a multitude of services, ranging from medication management, psychotherapy, family counseling, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. We have specialists that care for all ages, from early childhood through late adulthood. We provide evidence-based medication and therapy services. We have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, mood disorder, trauma, ADHD, and many other conditions.
(336) 948-9249 View (336) 948-9249
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Tabitha Bowman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
(336) 459-3409 View (336) 459-3409
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Levy Nathan Wiseman-Floyd
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPH
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
My clients will include children and adults of all ages who are struggling with controlling their mental health. My main goal for each client is to optimize their overall health and wellbeing by identifying and treating any underlying psychiatric pathology. The only requirement that I have for my clients is that they care as much about their mental health as I do, without that any treatment will not succeed. I look forward to fostering authentic relationships with each of my clients to individualize their treatment and guide them through the often daunting world of psychiatry.
My clients will include children and adults of all ages who are struggling with controlling their mental health. My main goal for each client is to optimize their overall health and wellbeing by identifying and treating any underlying psychiatric pathology. The only requirement that I have for my clients is that they care as much about their mental health as I do, without that any treatment will not succeed. I look forward to fostering authentic relationships with each of my clients to individualize their treatment and guide them through the often daunting world of psychiatry.
(704) 459-4925 View (704) 459-4925
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Javier Santos-Cubiñá
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
I am committed to caring for children, adults and families with mental health issues. Areas of expertise include the care of mental health in children and adults with complex medical and neurological problems, women during pregnancy and postpartum, psycho-dynamic oriented psychotherapy and attachment oriented psychotherapy. Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine.
I am committed to caring for children, adults and families with mental health issues. Areas of expertise include the care of mental health in children and adults with complex medical and neurological problems, women during pregnancy and postpartum, psycho-dynamic oriented psychotherapy and attachment oriented psychotherapy. Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine.
(704) 486-8080 View (704) 486-8080
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Mountain View Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Shelby, NC 28152  (Online Only)
I am a very compassionate and professional Nurse Practitioner who has managed and treated a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas and have over 11 years of experience treating teens, adults and seniors.
I am a very compassionate and professional Nurse Practitioner who has managed and treated a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas and have over 11 years of experience treating teens, adults and seniors.
(704) 440-5830 View (704) 440-5830

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Boone, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Boone, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% Addiction
80% Child

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Boone, NC see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Boone?

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.