Psychiatrists in Greensboro, NC

Izzy Health Pllc
Psychiatrist, MD, MRCPsyc, ABPN
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408
Mental health is unique in the sense that it affects the mind. It alters the way we relate to people and things around our lives. For some, they are able to tell things are not the way they used to be. Others are not able to tell the difference, but it impacts their ability to function or affects the lives of their loved ones. My role is to help my patients understand and heal the mind. My goal is to improve their level of function and quality of life
Mental health is unique in the sense that it affects the mind. It alters the way we relate to people and things around our lives. For some, they are able to tell things are not the way they used to be. Others are not able to tell the difference, but it impacts their ability to function or affects the lives of their loved ones. My role is to help my patients understand and heal the mind. My goal is to improve their level of function and quality of life
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Byeolah Henson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Byeolah Henson PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from University of South Florida. Prior to PA school, she received a B.S in Biology from the University of Florida. Byeolah is experienced in treating patients with a variety of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse, and more. She is fluent in English and Korean, both of which play a important role in her day to day clinical work.
Byeolah Henson PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from University of South Florida. Prior to PA school, she received a B.S in Biology from the University of Florida. Byeolah is experienced in treating patients with a variety of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse, and more. She is fluent in English and Korean, both of which play a important role in her day to day clinical work.
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Mood Treatment Center Winston-Salem & Greensboro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27407
A nationally recognized center with offices in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, and Boone 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 https://www.moodtreatmentcenter.com/lifestyle/).
A nationally recognized center with offices in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, and Boone 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 https://www.moodtreatmentcenter.com/lifestyle/).
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Kashea Moser
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
KaShea, PMHNP-BC graduated with a master’s from Maryville University in Saint Louis Missouri. Prior to Nurse Practitioner school, she received her BSN from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Kashea has experience in assisting individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses in the outpatient and community setting. She believes in meeting people where they are to provide hope, support, and compassion. Kashea also lives by the golden rule and treats everyone with respect. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and attending sporting events.
KaShea, PMHNP-BC graduated with a master’s from Maryville University in Saint Louis Missouri. Prior to Nurse Practitioner school, she received her BSN from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Kashea has experience in assisting individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses in the outpatient and community setting. She believes in meeting people where they are to provide hope, support, and compassion. Kashea also lives by the golden rule and treats everyone with respect. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and attending sporting events.
(336) 810-1629 View (336) 810-1629
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Lauren Blankenship
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27401
Lauren is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who helps the underserved feel cared for, understood, and encouraged to reach their full potential. She works with adults using medication management, dialectical behavioral therapy, diet, exercise, and mindfulness. Lauren has a holistic approach to care and believes a suitable treatment plan is one the patient can agree to and follow.
Lauren is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who helps the underserved feel cared for, understood, and encouraged to reach their full potential. She works with adults using medication management, dialectical behavioral therapy, diet, exercise, and mindfulness. Lauren has a holistic approach to care and believes a suitable treatment plan is one the patient can agree to and follow.
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Jacqueline Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27407
If you’re reading this page, then you may very well be taking the first step toward receiving the care you need. I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Jacqueline Thompson, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with nearly two decades of experience in psychiatric nursing. I have spent my entire career providing care for those who struggle with mental illness—helping them to make their mental illness more manageable, or to help them move past it. I would love to do the same for you. I became a PMHNP-BC a little over four years ago after spending 14 years as a nurse, and 13 of those years specializing in psychiatric care.
If you’re reading this page, then you may very well be taking the first step toward receiving the care you need. I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Jacqueline Thompson, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with nearly two decades of experience in psychiatric nursing. I have spent my entire career providing care for those who struggle with mental illness—helping them to make their mental illness more manageable, or to help them move past it. I would love to do the same for you. I became a PMHNP-BC a little over four years ago after spending 14 years as a nurse, and 13 of those years specializing in psychiatric care.
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Integrative Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408
Hello and welcome to Integrative Psychological Medicine (IPM). Our practice will focus on helping patients and their families with current evidence-based treatment. We will provide behavioral health evaluation encompassing a broad spectrum of psychiatric diagnosis, medication management and providing psychotherapeutic resources. At IPM we consider the patient as a whole person, not just a diagnosis. We will examine the patient's mind, body and spirit to help enhance the patient's total well-being. We place the patient in an active role as a key partner of all aspects of his or her health and treatment plan. We will help the p
Hello and welcome to Integrative Psychological Medicine (IPM). Our practice will focus on helping patients and their families with current evidence-based treatment. We will provide behavioral health evaluation encompassing a broad spectrum of psychiatric diagnosis, medication management and providing psychotherapeutic resources. At IPM we consider the patient as a whole person, not just a diagnosis. We will examine the patient's mind, body and spirit to help enhance the patient's total well-being. We place the patient in an active role as a key partner of all aspects of his or her health and treatment plan. We will help the p
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Kelli Gaskill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27401
Kelli firmly believes that someone can create a life worth living for themselves. She helps people through medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.
Kelli firmly believes that someone can create a life worth living for themselves. She helps people through medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.
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Fred Amematsro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Fred Amematsro is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in managing major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, sleep disorders, and other mood disorders. He has over 6 years of experience, and works with clients ages 5 and up.
Fred Amematsro is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in managing major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, sleep disorders, and other mood disorders. He has over 6 years of experience, and works with clients ages 5 and up.
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Karen Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27401
Special interests and research lie in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychiatric management of women during the preconception, prenatal, and postpartum stages with an emphasis on the management of postpartum mood disorders as well as helping patients cope with infertility. I also provide gender-affirming care for the LGBTQ+ community. With my advanced certification in functional psychiatry, I am able to utilize a combination of nutraceuticals and psychopharmacology to help patients reach optimum wellness. I focus on a collaborative therapeutic environment.
Special interests and research lie in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychiatric management of women during the preconception, prenatal, and postpartum stages with an emphasis on the management of postpartum mood disorders as well as helping patients cope with infertility. I also provide gender-affirming care for the LGBTQ+ community. With my advanced certification in functional psychiatry, I am able to utilize a combination of nutraceuticals and psychopharmacology to help patients reach optimum wellness. I focus on a collaborative therapeutic environment.
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Teah Doles-Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Teah Doles-Johnson is a double board certified Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her undergraduate degree as well as her initial master's degree in Adult-Gerontological medicine. After 5 years of medical practice she saw an unfulfilled need within the geriatric population pertaining to psychiatry sparking her interest in obtaining a post-master's certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Teah Doles-Johnson is a double board certified Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her undergraduate degree as well as her initial master's degree in Adult-Gerontological medicine. After 5 years of medical practice she saw an unfulfilled need within the geriatric population pertaining to psychiatry sparking her interest in obtaining a post-master's certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
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Matthew Guanzon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27401
Matthew Guanzon chose Psychiatry because it is the culture of his family which is to serve Humanity for giving us a life worth living. His family has ingrained in him that giving back to the community is extremely rewarding when one sees the fruits of his/her labor. Both of his parents are physicians. Psychiatry is Matthew’s passion. He enjoys meeting clients for the first time and understands that this field requires tenderness/sensitivity to begin to unmask the underlying conscious or subconscious psychiatric/psychological issue. Matthew is most passionate about meeting all of his clients’ needs and helping them help themselves.
Matthew Guanzon chose Psychiatry because it is the culture of his family which is to serve Humanity for giving us a life worth living. His family has ingrained in him that giving back to the community is extremely rewarding when one sees the fruits of his/her labor. Both of his parents are physicians. Psychiatry is Matthew’s passion. He enjoys meeting clients for the first time and understands that this field requires tenderness/sensitivity to begin to unmask the underlying conscious or subconscious psychiatric/psychological issue. Matthew is most passionate about meeting all of his clients’ needs and helping them help themselves.
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Neuropsychiatric Care Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27455
My name is Mojeed Akintayo(aka Dr. A). I am a practicing psychiatrist in Greensboro, NC. I completed my medical education at College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. I proceeded to Columbia University, Harlem Hospital Center in New York City where I completed my training in Adult/General Psychiatry. I attended fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. I am Board Certified in Adult and general Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have worked as a staff psychiatrist at various hospitals.
My name is Mojeed Akintayo(aka Dr. A). I am a practicing psychiatrist in Greensboro, NC. I completed my medical education at College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. I proceeded to Columbia University, Harlem Hospital Center in New York City where I completed my training in Adult/General Psychiatry. I attended fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. I am Board Certified in Adult and general Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have worked as a staff psychiatrist at various hospitals.
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Dr. Derek C Ayers
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified 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.
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Ashley Susko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Ashley Susko is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 2 years of professional experience. She spent over 10 years working as a Registered Nurse at the bedside. Possessing an immense passion towards helping the mental health population, Ashley has made it her life-long mission to help those suffering from these complex issues.
Ashley Susko is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 2 years of professional experience. She spent over 10 years working as a Registered Nurse at the bedside. Possessing an immense passion towards helping the mental health population, Ashley has made it her life-long mission to help those suffering from these complex issues.
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Barbara Goodman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Barbara graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. She has 26 years of psychiatric nursing experience working in various healthcare settings, including inpatient psychiatric facilities. She earned her MSN at Walden University Minneapolis, MN. She has experience working with patients with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, autism, and ADHD. Barbara is passionate about providing compassionate care and support for sexual and gender minorities.
Barbara graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. She has 26 years of psychiatric nursing experience working in various healthcare settings, including inpatient psychiatric facilities. She earned her MSN at Walden University Minneapolis, MN. She has experience working with patients with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, autism, and ADHD. Barbara is passionate about providing compassionate care and support for sexual and gender minorities.
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LaChaya Radcliff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408  (Online Only)
Your life is fairly “together” by outward appearances, but it's sometimes a struggle to pull everything together. Anxiety can get the best of you. Maybe your irritability is noticeable to those closest to you. Maybe you were raised to think accessing mental healthcare and taking medication is “weak” or incongruent to your culture or faith. Maybe you're hesitant to take prescription medication and are interested in natural ways of addressing your concerns first. Maybe you give so much to others that you barely have time to nurture yourself. You’d like to create balance and start prioritizing yourself but might not know how.
Your life is fairly “together” by outward appearances, but it's sometimes a struggle to pull everything together. Anxiety can get the best of you. Maybe your irritability is noticeable to those closest to you. Maybe you were raised to think accessing mental healthcare and taking medication is “weak” or incongruent to your culture or faith. Maybe you're hesitant to take prescription medication and are interested in natural ways of addressing your concerns first. Maybe you give so much to others that you barely have time to nurture yourself. You’d like to create balance and start prioritizing yourself but might not know how.
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Mariah Echevarria
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Mariah earned a B.S in Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Florida. She has experience working with substance use, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, and other mental health concerns. She strives to deliver quality and compassionate care to all her patients. She has a passion working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her care approach is empathetic, compassionate, trustworthy, and attentive to clients concerns and feelings.
Mariah earned a B.S in Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Florida. She has experience working with substance use, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, and other mental health concerns. She strives to deliver quality and compassionate care to all her patients. She has a passion working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her care approach is empathetic, compassionate, trustworthy, and attentive to clients concerns and feelings.
(336) 444-6428 View (336) 444-6428
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Evanna Burkett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27401  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
When providing care to the psychiatric population it is my duty and responsibility to practice with a non-judgmental approach and meet individuals where they are. The associated stigma, misconceptions, and need for mental health providers serves as a driving force to address the associated stigma, assumptions, and negative associations. I am hopeful that we can overcome this stigma by placing emphasis on your individual goals as it relates to your well-being through effective communication by providing a provider-client relationship where rapport is established and built upon.
When providing care to the psychiatric population it is my duty and responsibility to practice with a non-judgmental approach and meet individuals where they are. The associated stigma, misconceptions, and need for mental health providers serves as a driving force to address the associated stigma, assumptions, and negative associations. I am hopeful that we can overcome this stigma by placing emphasis on your individual goals as it relates to your well-being through effective communication by providing a provider-client relationship where rapport is established and built upon.
(336) 439-8408 View (336) 439-8408
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Natasha Cooper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Natasha Cooper is a Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience. She aims to restore her patients' to a place of health and healing through collaboration on an individualized treatment plan of care.
Natasha Cooper is a Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience. She aims to restore her patients' to a place of health and healing through collaboration on an individualized treatment plan of care.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Greensboro, NC

60+

Average cost per session

$202

Psychiatrists in Greensboro, NC who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
88% ADHD
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Aetna
86% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Greensboro, NC see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Greensboro?

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.