Psychiatrists in Garner, NC

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Tara Nate
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Garner, NC 27529
Tara Nate is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to her patients across their lifespan. She prioritizes using a holistic or whole person approach when addressing her patient’s wellness goals. This includes not only focusing on their mental and emotional needs but also on their physical, spiritual, and social needs. She uses a trauma informed approach and aims to empower her patients to lead fulfilling lives.
Tara Nate is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to her patients across their lifespan. She prioritizes using a holistic or whole person approach when addressing her patient’s wellness goals. This includes not only focusing on their mental and emotional needs but also on their physical, spiritual, and social needs. She uses a trauma informed approach and aims to empower her patients to lead fulfilling lives.
(919) 646-3872 View (919) 646-3872
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Amy K Tracy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Garner, NC 27529
New appointments can be booked online at www.swiftcreekmhs.com. I provide holistic and individual care to people with mental health concerns. My experience ranges from mild to severe mental illness in the areas of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and adjustment disorders. I see children and adults. I have worked in mental health since 2007, in all levels of care, residential, out patient, intensive outpatient and inpatient. I began treating patients as an APRN in 2015. Not In Network with Medicaid!
New appointments can be booked online at www.swiftcreekmhs.com. I provide holistic and individual care to people with mental health concerns. My experience ranges from mild to severe mental illness in the areas of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and adjustment disorders. I see children and adults. I have worked in mental health since 2007, in all levels of care, residential, out patient, intensive outpatient and inpatient. I began treating patients as an APRN in 2015. Not In Network with Medicaid!
(919) 629-0997 View (919) 629-0997
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Adam J Lake
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Garner, NC 27529
Accepting New Patients (In-person & Virtual). Located in North Hills neighborhood of Raleigh. A Board Certified physician, Dr Lake offers the full spectrum of medications and psychotherapy. This includes specialties in adolescent & adult ADHD, treatment of older adults (memory/cognitive issues), college/graduate students, opioid/alcohol use issues, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
Accepting New Patients (In-person & Virtual). Located in North Hills neighborhood of Raleigh. A Board Certified physician, Dr Lake offers the full spectrum of medications and psychotherapy. This includes specialties in adolescent & adult ADHD, treatment of older adults (memory/cognitive issues), college/graduate students, opioid/alcohol use issues, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
(919) 289-1846 View (919) 289-1846

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Mitushi Mishra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27608
Not accepting new clients
My intention is to help my clients lean in and experience life to the fullest; many times this can be difficult when we identify too strongly with our mind. Evidence has demonstrated that optimal treatment includes a combination of medication and therapy. I prefer to collaboratively work with clients to develop an individualized treatment plan.
My intention is to help my clients lean in and experience life to the fullest; many times this can be difficult when we identify too strongly with our mind. Evidence has demonstrated that optimal treatment includes a combination of medication and therapy. I prefer to collaboratively work with clients to develop an individualized treatment plan.
(984) 207-5400 View (984) 207-5400
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Shari Sengupta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Shari Sengupta attended the University of OK as a National Merit Scholar and went on to graduate from from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She specialized in Adult Psychiatry at the University of NC Hospitals where she was a chief resident. She received psychotherapy training in insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral approaches and trained at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas. She has 18 years of experience providing medication management and psychotherapy in both private practice and community mental health settings and over 10 years of experience in telepsychiatry providing care to underserved communities.
Dr. Shari Sengupta attended the University of OK as a National Merit Scholar and went on to graduate from from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She specialized in Adult Psychiatry at the University of NC Hospitals where she was a chief resident. She received psychotherapy training in insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral approaches and trained at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas. She has 18 years of experience providing medication management and psychotherapy in both private practice and community mental health settings and over 10 years of experience in telepsychiatry providing care to underserved communities.
(919) 739-3253 View (919) 739-3253
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Zev Joel Zingher
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27608
Hello and welcome! I am a double board certified general and child/adolescent psychiatrist. My approach to patient care equally values therapy and medication management. I strive to understand patients as more than a list of psychiatric symptoms — instead, I see patients as complex individuals, who are trying their best given their personal life histories and unique neurobiology. I truly work to be wholistic and listen to my patients.
Hello and welcome! I am a double board certified general and child/adolescent psychiatrist. My approach to patient care equally values therapy and medication management. I strive to understand patients as more than a list of psychiatric symptoms — instead, I see patients as complex individuals, who are trying their best given their personal life histories and unique neurobiology. I truly work to be wholistic and listen to my patients.
(919) 727-4551 View (919) 727-4551
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Maggie Evers
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607
I am a board-certified Physician Assistant with prescriptive authority. I treat all psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions with special interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I understand that everyone is different and will create a psychiatric medication management plan tailored to your unique needs.
I am a board-certified Physician Assistant with prescriptive authority. I treat all psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions with special interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I understand that everyone is different and will create a psychiatric medication management plan tailored to your unique needs.
(919) 241-7221 View (919) 241-7221
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Sarita O'neal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607
Not accepting new clients
I am a double board-certified adult, adolescent, and child psychiatrist with experience in treating anxiety, mood, psychotic, neurodevelopmental, and trauma-related disorders. I provide caring and compassionate treatment, including psychotherapy and medication management for patients of all ages, and I enjoy working with all cultural backgrounds. I am committed to providing psychoeducation to patients and their families by sharing knowledge on ways to cope and thrive in spite of a mental health condition.
I am a double board-certified adult, adolescent, and child psychiatrist with experience in treating anxiety, mood, psychotic, neurodevelopmental, and trauma-related disorders. I provide caring and compassionate treatment, including psychotherapy and medication management for patients of all ages, and I enjoy working with all cultural backgrounds. I am committed to providing psychoeducation to patients and their families by sharing knowledge on ways to cope and thrive in spite of a mental health condition.
(984) 300-3490 View (984) 300-3490
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Jason Darden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27606  (Online Only)
Working with patients in their own home relieves immediate stress and is a positive environment to establish immediate rapport. Telepsychiatry reduces delays in care, potential transportation barriers, such as lack of transportation or the need for long drives, and improves access to mental health specialty care that might not otherwise be available (e.g., in rural areas). Research also suggests telepsychiatry helps patients avoid the stigmas surrounding getting treatment and immediately increases comfort levels. At this time we are NOT accepting patients with Bipolar Disorder.
Working with patients in their own home relieves immediate stress and is a positive environment to establish immediate rapport. Telepsychiatry reduces delays in care, potential transportation barriers, such as lack of transportation or the need for long drives, and improves access to mental health specialty care that might not otherwise be available (e.g., in rural areas). Research also suggests telepsychiatry helps patients avoid the stigmas surrounding getting treatment and immediately increases comfort levels. At this time we are NOT accepting patients with Bipolar Disorder.
(704) 742-2716 View (704) 742-2716
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Redeem Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27608
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression, insomnia or fatigue, perhaps divorce or toxic relationships? You're not alone. I understand how isolating and overwhelming it can be to seek mental health services in our healthcare system. But here's the good news: I am here to help you. As a family physician specializing in medical and integrative psychiatry, I offer the professional and personal experience you need to overcome these challenges. Together, we can navigate your journey towards healing and reclaiming your wellbeing.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression, insomnia or fatigue, perhaps divorce or toxic relationships? You're not alone. I understand how isolating and overwhelming it can be to seek mental health services in our healthcare system. But here's the good news: I am here to help you. As a family physician specializing in medical and integrative psychiatry, I offer the professional and personal experience you need to overcome these challenges. Together, we can navigate your journey towards healing and reclaiming your wellbeing.
(910) 900-6066 View (910) 900-6066
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Siera Kirkland
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Siera Kirkland is an adult general psychiatrist. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kirkland focuses on collaborative and evidence-based care. She believes it is imperative to form a therapeutic relationship with each individual and work together as a team to formulate the best treatment plan. Her passion is to educate, empower and support. She specializes in medication management and brief psychotherapy.
Dr. Siera Kirkland is an adult general psychiatrist. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kirkland focuses on collaborative and evidence-based care. She believes it is imperative to form a therapeutic relationship with each individual and work together as a team to formulate the best treatment plan. Her passion is to educate, empower and support. She specializes in medication management and brief psychotherapy.
(919) 344-0934 View (919) 344-0934
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Matthew A Petrilli
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27601
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with extensive training in psychosomatic medicine allowing me to take into account one’s mental and physical health to provide a whole-body approach to treatment. I treat a wide array of conditions; however focus on issues with depression, anxiety and role transitions. My mission is to collaborate with you, and to come up with an individualized treatment plan. By doing so, I will be able to gain a greater understanding of your life experience and help you achieve your treatment goals.
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with extensive training in psychosomatic medicine allowing me to take into account one’s mental and physical health to provide a whole-body approach to treatment. I treat a wide array of conditions; however focus on issues with depression, anxiety and role transitions. My mission is to collaborate with you, and to come up with an individualized treatment plan. By doing so, I will be able to gain a greater understanding of your life experience and help you achieve your treatment goals.
(919) 343-9838 View (919) 343-9838
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Stephanie Price
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Stephanie Price is a board-certified psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. She believes in a collaborative approach to treatment planning because shared decision-making helps provide the best outcome for patients. She went to college at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and received her degree in Microbiology. She completed her medical education at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC, and completed her residency training at Creighton University School of Medicine-Valleywise Health in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Stephanie Price is a board-certified psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. She believes in a collaborative approach to treatment planning because shared decision-making helps provide the best outcome for patients. She went to college at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and received her degree in Microbiology. She completed her medical education at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC, and completed her residency training at Creighton University School of Medicine-Valleywise Health in Phoenix, AZ.
(919) 752-3578 View (919) 752-3578
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Jessica Grimes
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Jessica Grimes is a board-eligible child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She is originally from Sylva, NC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and minored in biology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She graduated cum laude and was inducted into the order of the gownsmen, an honor society. She earned her doctorate from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV.
Dr. Jessica Grimes is a board-eligible child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She is originally from Sylva, NC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and minored in biology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She graduated cum laude and was inducted into the order of the gownsmen, an honor society. She earned her doctorate from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV.
(919) 351-1408 View (919) 351-1408
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Timothy O'Connor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27606
Accepting New Patients for October! Dr. Tim O’Connor is a board certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. O’Connor completed his medical education & psychiatric residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his particular clinical interest in mental health issues impacting university students, he has experience working with patients with a wide variety of mental health concerns. His background in education instilled an appreciation of the tremendous capacity for growth inherent in every person. He was drawn to the practice of psychiatry as a way of helping individuals recognize & actualize this potential.
Accepting New Patients for October! Dr. Tim O’Connor is a board certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. O’Connor completed his medical education & psychiatric residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his particular clinical interest in mental health issues impacting university students, he has experience working with patients with a wide variety of mental health concerns. His background in education instilled an appreciation of the tremendous capacity for growth inherent in every person. He was drawn to the practice of psychiatry as a way of helping individuals recognize & actualize this potential.
(984) 295-3938 View (984) 295-3938
Photo of Jessica Mohr, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Garner, NC
Jessica Mohr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27610
Now Accepting New Clients! I want to help you get to a better place mentally, physically, and spiritually. You deserve to feel happy when you wake up and peaceful when you go to bed at night. I promise that I am here to support and listen to your needs and whatever you are going through right now. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I integrate holistic approaches in addition to medication in my treatment approach. Every person that comes into my office is very different and deserves to be seen for who they are and not only their symptoms. Together we will create a plan that works for you whether with medication, therapy, or both.
Now Accepting New Clients! I want to help you get to a better place mentally, physically, and spiritually. You deserve to feel happy when you wake up and peaceful when you go to bed at night. I promise that I am here to support and listen to your needs and whatever you are going through right now. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I integrate holistic approaches in addition to medication in my treatment approach. Every person that comes into my office is very different and deserves to be seen for who they are and not only their symptoms. Together we will create a plan that works for you whether with medication, therapy, or both.
(919) 736-6589 View (919) 736-6589
Photo of Hani Elwafi, Psychiatrist in Garner, NC
Hani Elwafi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
At Transformance Health, we focus on helping clients become better versions of themselves, and to transform potential into reality. We apply evidence-based principles of neuroscience, psychology, ketamine assisted psychotherapy, meditation and mindfulness, stress management, nutrition, exercise, and pharmacology to promote thriving.
At Transformance Health, we focus on helping clients become better versions of themselves, and to transform potential into reality. We apply evidence-based principles of neuroscience, psychology, ketamine assisted psychotherapy, meditation and mindfulness, stress management, nutrition, exercise, and pharmacology to promote thriving.
(919) 348-2598 View (919) 348-2598
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Ashish Gupta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27603  (Online Only)
I can help address needs of clients struggling with anxiety, depression, stress disorder, OCD, mood swings or psychotic symptoms. I have been seeing clients via Telehealth and all my clients like the comfort and flexibility of Telehealth for medication management. I am only running a Tele health based platform at this time and there are no in person visits. I have medical licence for states of Massachusetts and North Carolina.
I can help address needs of clients struggling with anxiety, depression, stress disorder, OCD, mood swings or psychotic symptoms. I have been seeing clients via Telehealth and all my clients like the comfort and flexibility of Telehealth for medication management. I am only running a Tele health based platform at this time and there are no in person visits. I have medical licence for states of Massachusetts and North Carolina.
(781) 208-5936 View (781) 208-5936
Photo of Triangle Mental Health, Psychiatrist in Garner, NC
Triangle Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27608
Welcome to Triangle Mental Health! We are dedicated to providing compassionate and individualized care for a wide array of mental health concerns. Dr. Hussam Alsarraf completed his residency training at Duke University and specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, and stress-related physical complaints. Along with offering conventional approaches to mental health maladies, Dr. Alsarraf provides insight-oriented therapy during every visit to foster understanding of yourself and give you the power to make positive changes in your life.
Welcome to Triangle Mental Health! We are dedicated to providing compassionate and individualized care for a wide array of mental health concerns. Dr. Hussam Alsarraf completed his residency training at Duke University and specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, and stress-related physical complaints. Along with offering conventional approaches to mental health maladies, Dr. Alsarraf provides insight-oriented therapy during every visit to foster understanding of yourself and give you the power to make positive changes in your life.
(919) 372-3552 View (919) 372-3552
Photo of Jean Jubert, Psychiatrist in Garner, NC
Jean Jubert
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Jubert is a board-certified staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He has been practicing for 5 years. Dr. Jubert's practice focuses predominately on medication management, often in conjunction with supportive therapy, during 30-minute follow-up visits. He approaches medicine holistically with an emphasis on understanding how a patient’s socioeconomic status, spirituality, social connection and physical health affect their overall mental health and well-being. Dr. Jubert received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Dr. Jubert is a board-certified staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He has been practicing for 5 years. Dr. Jubert's practice focuses predominately on medication management, often in conjunction with supportive therapy, during 30-minute follow-up visits. He approaches medicine holistically with an emphasis on understanding how a patient’s socioeconomic status, spirituality, social connection and physical health affect their overall mental health and well-being. Dr. Jubert received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
(919) 849-3904 View (919) 849-3904

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Psychiatrists in Garner, NC who prioritize treating:

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100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
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100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management

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100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Garner, NC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

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100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Garner?

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.