Psychiatrists in Davidson, NC

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Common Ground Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Davidson, NC 28036
Common Ground Psychiatry is here to help North Carolina adults and teens get back to feeling happy again! We prescribe medication that makes sense for you and your unique situation, taking the time to listen, truly understand your goals, and educate you on all available options. Experience 100% confidential care in-person in our Davidson, or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill location. The goal at Common Ground is to help you feel less anxious, more rested, and ready to crush your goals in relationships, business, parenthood, or whatever YOU want.
Common Ground Psychiatry is here to help North Carolina adults and teens get back to feeling happy again! We prescribe medication that makes sense for you and your unique situation, taking the time to listen, truly understand your goals, and educate you on all available options. Experience 100% confidential care in-person in our Davidson, or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill location. The goal at Common Ground is to help you feel less anxious, more rested, and ready to crush your goals in relationships, business, parenthood, or whatever YOU want.
(704) 237-0752 View (704) 237-0752
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Tia Konzer
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Davidson, NC 28036
I practice a comprehensive approach to medicine and believe strongly in the importance of treating the mind, body, and spirit to achieve wellness. The sacred relationship between the physician and patient can be just as important as the medicine or therapy provided. Thus, I provide longer comprehensive appointments and am accessible to patients to ensure that their concerns are heard and they feel understood. Focusing on the whole person, I work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans to address various aspects of their lives including sleep, nutrition and exercise, relationship strategies, coping skills, etc.
I practice a comprehensive approach to medicine and believe strongly in the importance of treating the mind, body, and spirit to achieve wellness. The sacred relationship between the physician and patient can be just as important as the medicine or therapy provided. Thus, I provide longer comprehensive appointments and am accessible to patients to ensure that their concerns are heard and they feel understood. Focusing on the whole person, I work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans to address various aspects of their lives including sleep, nutrition and exercise, relationship strategies, coping skills, etc.
(704) 624-7258 View (704) 624-7258
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Amy Boison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Davidson, NC 28035
Life is hard enough, leave the neurotransmitter regulation to us.
Life is hard enough, leave the neurotransmitter regulation to us.
(980) 525-8057 View (980) 525-8057
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Nicole Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW, RN
Verified Verified
Davidson, NC 28035
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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Excel Psychiatric Associates, PA
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
Hello and welcome. My name is Timothy Balisky and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. This means that I am a nurse practitioner with specialty training and board certification focused on psychiatric mental healthcare. Three particular areas that I focus on within this specialty of mental health are treatment resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I have a real passion for understanding the details that make up every person’s history, particularly as it relates to their struggle with mental illness.
Hello and welcome. My name is Timothy Balisky and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. This means that I am a nurse practitioner with specialty training and board certification focused on psychiatric mental healthcare. Three particular areas that I focus on within this specialty of mental health are treatment resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I have a real passion for understanding the details that make up every person’s history, particularly as it relates to their struggle with mental illness.
(704) 457-9292 View (704) 457-9292
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Mary Urban
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cornelius, NC 28031
Not accepting new clients
Comprehensive, Confidential, Compassionate individualized mental health care. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at The Blanchard Institute. With 19 years in the behavioral health field, I understand that every client's struggles are unique. My goal is to tailor treatment to empower my patients to achieve the highest possible quality of life. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations using a patient-focused approach to allow for the highest level of care. My specialties include Substance Abuse and Detox treatment, Trauma, ADHD, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, OCD, Depression, and Bipolar.
Comprehensive, Confidential, Compassionate individualized mental health care. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at The Blanchard Institute. With 19 years in the behavioral health field, I understand that every client's struggles are unique. My goal is to tailor treatment to empower my patients to achieve the highest possible quality of life. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations using a patient-focused approach to allow for the highest level of care. My specialties include Substance Abuse and Detox treatment, Trauma, ADHD, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, OCD, Depression, and Bipolar.
(704) 251-0378 View (704) 251-0378
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Gateway Charlotte Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
Gateway Charlotte Wellness is here for the mental health needs of clients (ages 6 to adults). Highly trained, empathetic, friendly and we take our time to get to know you so we can better help you. We utilize the most recent advancement in medicine. As a provider at Gateway Charlotte Wellness, I have many years of experience in mental Health. Currently works at one of Charlotte, North Carolina's local hospital. We see clients via telehealth anywhere, anytime at their convenience. Why wait? call now for help.
Gateway Charlotte Wellness is here for the mental health needs of clients (ages 6 to adults). Highly trained, empathetic, friendly and we take our time to get to know you so we can better help you. We utilize the most recent advancement in medicine. As a provider at Gateway Charlotte Wellness, I have many years of experience in mental Health. Currently works at one of Charlotte, North Carolina's local hospital. We see clients via telehealth anywhere, anytime at their convenience. Why wait? call now for help.
(980) 326-4916 View (980) 326-4916
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Craig Chepke
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
I work with adults and the aging population in all diagnostic categories, but have special interests in movement disorders (Tardive Dyskinesia, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, etc.), neuropsychiatric conditions, and treatment-resistant/severe-persistent mental illness.
I work with adults and the aging population in all diagnostic categories, but have special interests in movement disorders (Tardive Dyskinesia, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, etc.), neuropsychiatric conditions, and treatment-resistant/severe-persistent mental illness.
(704) 741-1452 View (704) 741-1452
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Novel Medical LLC
Psychiatrist, M D
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078  (Online Only)
Novel Medical offers Psychiatric Services that incorporate innovative treatment strategies to enhance one’s mental wellbeing and improve one’s overall quality of life. Our team consists of Board-Certified Psychiatrists that specialize in treating a broad range of psychiatric challenges in individuals from all walks of life. We specialize in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma related disorders, and ADHD among others. Our treatment strategies include both medication management and individual therapy to achieve the most favorable outcomes. We look forward to helping you achieve your long term goals of wellbeing.
Novel Medical offers Psychiatric Services that incorporate innovative treatment strategies to enhance one’s mental wellbeing and improve one’s overall quality of life. Our team consists of Board-Certified Psychiatrists that specialize in treating a broad range of psychiatric challenges in individuals from all walks of life. We specialize in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma related disorders, and ADHD among others. Our treatment strategies include both medication management and individual therapy to achieve the most favorable outcomes. We look forward to helping you achieve your long term goals of wellbeing.
(704) 237-6684 View (704) 237-6684
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Lake City Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mooresville, NC 28115
Dr. Jane Sanders specializes in educating patients about differential diagnoses, how different medications work, and realistic results to expect with pharmacologic treatment. She approaches each case with equal parts knowledge, open mind, and common sense. Her patients include those who have been through the ringer with multiple failed treatments, as well as patients who are wary of starting medications. At this time, she only sees adult patients, 18yo and up.
Dr. Jane Sanders specializes in educating patients about differential diagnoses, how different medications work, and realistic results to expect with pharmacologic treatment. She approaches each case with equal parts knowledge, open mind, and common sense. Her patients include those who have been through the ringer with multiple failed treatments, as well as patients who are wary of starting medications. At this time, she only sees adult patients, 18yo and up.
(704) 285-0252 View (704) 285-0252
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Ankur Saraiya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cornelius, NC 28031
I specialize in working with clients who are going through some trying time in their lives - relationship stress/breakup, career frustration, health problems, or any life crisis. Sometimes this is a new issue and for others it can be a new event that triggers a long-standing issue. Either way, I work to stabilize symptoms as quickly as possible with medications as needed but also through diet and exercise. I then try to teach my clients how to avoid a return of their symptoms.
I specialize in working with clients who are going through some trying time in their lives - relationship stress/breakup, career frustration, health problems, or any life crisis. Sometimes this is a new issue and for others it can be a new event that triggers a long-standing issue. Either way, I work to stabilize symptoms as quickly as possible with medications as needed but also through diet and exercise. I then try to teach my clients how to avoid a return of their symptoms.
(646) 663-4051 View (646) 663-4051
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Different MHP, PC - Desiree Matthews, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mooresville, NC 28115  (Online Only)
We are accepting new patients in North Carolina for Telepsychiatry! Same day and next day appointments available! If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, ADHD, or other conditions that impair your quality of life and limit your potential, you're not alone. When you're feeling stuck in therapy and medication cycles, it might seem like you'll never find your way out.
We are accepting new patients in North Carolina for Telepsychiatry! Same day and next day appointments available! If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, ADHD, or other conditions that impair your quality of life and limit your potential, you're not alone. When you're feeling stuck in therapy and medication cycles, it might seem like you'll never find your way out.
(980) 372-8158 View (980) 372-8158
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Allan Foodman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cornelius, NC 28031
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Foodman is experiencing a severe health issue that has resulted in hospitalization for an indeterminate time and forced him to immediately retire. Due to this fact Dr. Foodman has two referral sources he would recommend clients call who are in need of a consultation for medication or continued therapy: Dr. Reger 704-969-1147 & Dr. Dornblazer 704-342-2577. If there is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Dr. Foodman is experiencing a severe health issue that has resulted in hospitalization for an indeterminate time and forced him to immediately retire. Due to this fact Dr. Foodman has two referral sources he would recommend clients call who are in need of a consultation for medication or continued therapy: Dr. Reger 704-969-1147 & Dr. Dornblazer 704-342-2577. If there is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
(704) 946-8516 View (704) 946-8516
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Camellia Douglas, PMHNP- Mentable, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28070
Mentable, PLLC IS accepting NEW patients. Mentable, PLLC is an integrative and holistic mental wellness practice. Our mission is to offer a sanctuary for healing, growth, and discovery, where empathetic care meets clinical excellence. We strive to understand and illuminate the diverse spectrum of human emotions, advocating for mental wellness for every walk of life. During our first session, you can expect a warm, patient-centered approach by our provider Camellia Douglas, PMHNP-BC by listening first to collaborate for a better YOU, with an improved quality of life.
Mentable, PLLC IS accepting NEW patients. Mentable, PLLC is an integrative and holistic mental wellness practice. Our mission is to offer a sanctuary for healing, growth, and discovery, where empathetic care meets clinical excellence. We strive to understand and illuminate the diverse spectrum of human emotions, advocating for mental wellness for every walk of life. During our first session, you can expect a warm, patient-centered approach by our provider Camellia Douglas, PMHNP-BC by listening first to collaborate for a better YOU, with an improved quality of life.
(980) 391-6021 View (980) 391-6021
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
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/
(704) 350-2958 View (704) 350-2958
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Joanna Wiseman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Mooresville, NC 28115
Joanna Wiseman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2009. She has a Master's of Science specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Regis College. As a compassionate listener, Joanna strives to care for each client as an individual and will personalize their care to obtain their goals utilizing a humanistic and holistic approach. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys running, watching movies, watching football, reading, listening to music, playing with her dogs, and travelling, especially to the beach.
Joanna Wiseman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2009. She has a Master's of Science specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Regis College. As a compassionate listener, Joanna strives to care for each client as an individual and will personalize their care to obtain their goals utilizing a humanistic and holistic approach. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys running, watching movies, watching football, reading, listening to music, playing with her dogs, and travelling, especially to the beach.
(704) 703-4476 View (704) 703-4476
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Myra Saha
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
Dr. Myra Saha is board-certified and specializes in general adult psychiatry, managing psychiatric disorders and co-occurring substance-use disorders. Dr. Saha provides holistic, mind, and body care utilizing medication management and cognitive behavioral therapy-based psychotherapeutic models.
Dr. Myra Saha is board-certified and specializes in general adult psychiatry, managing psychiatric disorders and co-occurring substance-use disorders. Dr. Saha provides holistic, mind, and body care utilizing medication management and cognitive behavioral therapy-based psychotherapeutic models.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Anne S. Richardson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cornelius, NC 28031
Most things in life are multifactorial and hence we must target our wellbeing in a variety of ways. To truly target symptoms and suffering one should explore not only medication but psychological, behavioral, and holistic approaches as well. In this small, private psychiatric practice I offer the space for intense assessment, treatment and growth. The treatment isn't hindered by modern healthcare's limitations. With easier access to your provider and extended appointment times allows for a different psychiatric experience. To be heard.
Most things in life are multifactorial and hence we must target our wellbeing in a variety of ways. To truly target symptoms and suffering one should explore not only medication but psychological, behavioral, and holistic approaches as well. In this small, private psychiatric practice I offer the space for intense assessment, treatment and growth. The treatment isn't hindered by modern healthcare's limitations. With easier access to your provider and extended appointment times allows for a different psychiatric experience. To be heard.
(980) 324-2178 View (980) 324-2178
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Taylor Price
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
Taylor pursued a career in mental health after learning the impact mental health can have on every individual’s life. She is passionate about learning about each patient and finding the root of their issues. She understands that treating symptoms can be like a puzzle, and creates collaborative treatment plans individualized to each patient.
Taylor pursued a career in mental health after learning the impact mental health can have on every individual’s life. She is passionate about learning about each patient and finding the root of their issues. She understands that treating symptoms can be like a puzzle, and creates collaborative treatment plans individualized to each patient.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Robert Bauer
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Denver, NC 28037
Dr. Bauer practices General Adult Psychiatry. His undergraduate degree, as well as his medical degree, were completed at Michigan State University. After obtaining his medical degree, he completed a four-year residency in Psychiatry with Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. During his last year of residency he was the Chief Resident of Psychiatry at Henry Ford Health System. After graduating residency, Dr. Bauer began his employment with Henry Ford Health System at their inpatient psychiatric facility, Kingswood Hospital.
Dr. Bauer practices General Adult Psychiatry. His undergraduate degree, as well as his medical degree, were completed at Michigan State University. After obtaining his medical degree, he completed a four-year residency in Psychiatry with Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. During his last year of residency he was the Chief Resident of Psychiatry at Henry Ford Health System. After graduating residency, Dr. Bauer began his employment with Henry Ford Health System at their inpatient psychiatric facility, Kingswood Hospital.
(704) 286-8399 View (704) 286-8399

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Davidson, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Davidson, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Aetna
50% AmeriHealth

How Psychiatrists in Davidson, NC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Davidson?

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.