Psychiatrists in Raleigh, NC

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Adam Jenrola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about helping clients improve their mental health. As a registered nurse and currently as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have about 14 years experience working with patients struggling with mental health issues. I earned my bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Chamberlain University and my master of science in nursing (MSN) from Walden University.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about helping clients improve their mental health. As a registered nurse and currently as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have about 14 years experience working with patients struggling with mental health issues. I earned my bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Chamberlain University and my master of science in nursing (MSN) from Walden University.
(919) 737-2760 View (919) 737-2760
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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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Mari-Jane Shaffer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27612
Mari-Jane Shaffer is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Advaita Integrated Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina. Specifically, she is a post masters' certificate prepared advanced practice nurse. She has been a registered nurse for 38 years and a nurse practitioner for 8 years. After working with patients in a variety of settings as an RN for 28 years, she decided to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree at Duke University specializing in Family Practice. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she realized that working with patients on their mental health was pivotal in order for them to achieve optimal wellness.
Mari-Jane Shaffer is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Advaita Integrated Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina. Specifically, she is a post masters' certificate prepared advanced practice nurse. She has been a registered nurse for 38 years and a nurse practitioner for 8 years. After working with patients in a variety of settings as an RN for 28 years, she decided to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree at Duke University specializing in Family Practice. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she realized that working with patients on their mental health was pivotal in order for them to achieve optimal wellness.
(919) 804-1121 View (919) 804-1121
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Bravo Mental Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
Life is HARD. We are not naturally adapted to live the lives we are currently expected to live (think hours in front of the computer, limited time outside, isolation from others). Given this, it isn’t surprising that the CDC estimates that 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in any given year. However, there is help and hope! Research shows that individuals with mental health conditions do best when they receive a combination of medication and therapy. Let us help you with your psychiatric medication needs. You deserve to ENJOY life!
Life is HARD. We are not naturally adapted to live the lives we are currently expected to live (think hours in front of the computer, limited time outside, isolation from others). Given this, it isn’t surprising that the CDC estimates that 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in any given year. However, there is help and hope! Research shows that individuals with mental health conditions do best when they receive a combination of medication and therapy. Let us help you with your psychiatric medication needs. You deserve to ENJOY life!
(919) 769-1910 View (919) 769-1910
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Levina Kumar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina treating ages 15+. I spent a large part of my training working in specialty units in hospitals and understand that when a client makes an appointment, it is usually after a tremendous amount of self reflection. It takes courage and strength to speak to a professional while sharing your deepest thoughts. As a professional, I hope to have the privilege to treat and advocate for you while making you feel a part of a collaborative team, where an individualized approach to care is provided and your concerns and well-being are prioritized.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina treating ages 15+. I spent a large part of my training working in specialty units in hospitals and understand that when a client makes an appointment, it is usually after a tremendous amount of self reflection. It takes courage and strength to speak to a professional while sharing your deepest thoughts. As a professional, I hope to have the privilege to treat and advocate for you while making you feel a part of a collaborative team, where an individualized approach to care is provided and your concerns and well-being are prioritized.
(919) 737-2880 View (919) 737-2880
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Charlene Staff
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
We provide outpatient behavioral health medical evaluations. Every patient is treated with respect and heard. We want to assist you in improving your quality of life. We offer a holistic approach to behavioral health. A tailored treatment plan will be made based upon your needs and goals. Your mental health matters. You matter!
We provide outpatient behavioral health medical evaluations. Every patient is treated with respect and heard. We want to assist you in improving your quality of life. We offer a holistic approach to behavioral health. A tailored treatment plan will be made based upon your needs and goals. Your mental health matters. You matter!
(919) 364-6539 View (919) 364-6539
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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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Neil Scheurich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
As of 11/27/23 I have No Current Openings for new patients due to a full schedule (I do not keep a waiting list, but feel free to check back after the first of the year). I am a psychiatrist offering medication treatments and/or psychotherapy as appropriate. Most of my patients struggle with anxiety or depression, although I also have broad experience in treating ADHD, bipolar disorder, as well as various issues of life adjustments and relationships. Note that I do not specialize in treating children and adolescents, couples therapy, or addiction treatment. I offer either video or in-person sessions.
As of 11/27/23 I have No Current Openings for new patients due to a full schedule (I do not keep a waiting list, but feel free to check back after the first of the year). I am a psychiatrist offering medication treatments and/or psychotherapy as appropriate. Most of my patients struggle with anxiety or depression, although I also have broad experience in treating ADHD, bipolar disorder, as well as various issues of life adjustments and relationships. Note that I do not specialize in treating children and adolescents, couples therapy, or addiction treatment. I offer either video or in-person sessions.
(919) 283-4391 View (919) 283-4391
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Roy Dewayne Book
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27612
Dr. R. Dewayne Book is a Psychiatrist who specializes in addictive disorders, having studied neurobiology and biochemistry to understand chemical brain functions. This knowledge informs his well-rounded, individualized approach to treating patients struggling with addiction, an approach that also includes medication management, medication assisted treatment / medication assisted therapy (MAT), psychotherapy, patient education, and social network development. Dr. Book also offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at Advaita Integrated Medicine.
Dr. R. Dewayne Book is a Psychiatrist who specializes in addictive disorders, having studied neurobiology and biochemistry to understand chemical brain functions. This knowledge informs his well-rounded, individualized approach to treating patients struggling with addiction, an approach that also includes medication management, medication assisted treatment / medication assisted therapy (MAT), psychotherapy, patient education, and social network development. Dr. Book also offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at Advaita Integrated Medicine.
(919) 679-9843 View (919) 679-9843
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Velgan Rodriguez Kata
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Velgan Rodriguez is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She received her bachelor's degree from The State University of New York at Purchase, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Hartwick College, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in psychiatric mental health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Velgan has worked as a RN at Rikers Island correctional facility and the Durham County Detention Facility. She also worked as a critical care RN for The Durham VA Medical System, Duke University Hospital & UNC Medical Center Intensive Care Units
Velgan Rodriguez is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She received her bachelor's degree from The State University of New York at Purchase, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Hartwick College, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in psychiatric mental health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Velgan has worked as a RN at Rikers Island correctional facility and the Durham County Detention Facility. She also worked as a critical care RN for The Durham VA Medical System, Duke University Hospital & UNC Medical Center Intensive Care Units
(919) 289-1178 View (919) 289-1178
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Susan Schleith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Susan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She gained extensive experience working as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for many years, becoming skilled at addressing a wide range of psychiatric disorders for individuals in acute crisis and those with chronic mental health needs before continuing her journey to become a nurse practitioner. She believes in personalized care and strives to work collaboratively with individuals to aid them in achieving their optimal mental and physical health.
Susan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She gained extensive experience working as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for many years, becoming skilled at addressing a wide range of psychiatric disorders for individuals in acute crisis and those with chronic mental health needs before continuing her journey to become a nurse practitioner. She believes in personalized care and strives to work collaboratively with individuals to aid them in achieving their optimal mental and physical health.
(919) 646-3099 View (919) 646-3099
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Adam J Lake
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
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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Boyer Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
Andrea G. Boyer, M.D. is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who has a passion for providing the best outpatient care. Her clinical areas of interest include anxiety disorders (including OCD), mood disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders, and eating disorders, among others.
Andrea G. Boyer, M.D. is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who has a passion for providing the best outpatient care. Her clinical areas of interest include anxiety disorders (including OCD), mood disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders, and eating disorders, among others.
(919) 804-1931 View (919) 804-1931
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Meredith Barrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27613  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself struggling to get by each day? Do you feel like you keep hitting a wall? Or that no matter what you do, you cannot climb your way out of the hole? To struggle is to be human, but it is possible to find balance. It is possible to find contentment and joy. It is possible to discover release, to experience freedom from mental anguish. Unrelieved mental and emotional hurdles make our worlds small, and tend to propel us further and further into isolation. I am here to listen, and to help you achieve mental wellness by giving you the tools you need to regain control of your life.
Do you find yourself struggling to get by each day? Do you feel like you keep hitting a wall? Or that no matter what you do, you cannot climb your way out of the hole? To struggle is to be human, but it is possible to find balance. It is possible to find contentment and joy. It is possible to discover release, to experience freedom from mental anguish. Unrelieved mental and emotional hurdles make our worlds small, and tend to propel us further and further into isolation. I am here to listen, and to help you achieve mental wellness by giving you the tools you need to regain control of your life.
(919) 328-3474 View (919) 328-3474
Photo of Alexandra Donatelli, Physician Assistant in Raleigh, NC
Alexandra Donatelli
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609  (Online Only)
Alexandra offers her patients a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere where they can share their experiences safely. She works with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and individuals suffering from depression with suicidality, treatment-resistant depression, and women’s health issues and hormonal imbalances.
Alexandra offers her patients a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere where they can share their experiences safely. She works with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and individuals suffering from depression with suicidality, treatment-resistant depression, and women’s health issues and hormonal imbalances.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Megan Freeman
Psychiatrist
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Megan Freeman is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her residency training at Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 2021 where she was the chief resident. Since then, she has worked as an attending physician at an inpatient adult psychiatric unit in Burlington, North Carolina. As a resident and attending she has treated adults of all ages and in all areas of mental health.
Dr. Megan Freeman is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her residency training at Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 2021 where she was the chief resident. Since then, she has worked as an attending physician at an inpatient adult psychiatric unit in Burlington, North Carolina. As a resident and attending she has treated adults of all ages and in all areas of mental health.
(919) 373-6899 View (919) 373-6899
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Bindu Mason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMC, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Introducing Behavioral Health Wellness: A Journey Towards Inner Balance and Peace Are you searching for a path to mental and emotional well-being? Look no further than Behavioral Health Wellness, where we are dedicated to helping you find the balance and harmony you deserve. At Behavioral Health Wellness, we understand that life can sometimes feel overwhelming. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges can impact our daily lives and hinder our ability to thrive. That's why we're here to offer you the support and guidance to navigate these challenges and emerge more vital than ever.
Introducing Behavioral Health Wellness: A Journey Towards Inner Balance and Peace Are you searching for a path to mental and emotional well-being? Look no further than Behavioral Health Wellness, where we are dedicated to helping you find the balance and harmony you deserve. At Behavioral Health Wellness, we understand that life can sometimes feel overwhelming. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges can impact our daily lives and hinder our ability to thrive. That's why we're here to offer you the support and guidance to navigate these challenges and emerge more vital than ever.
(919) 355-9715 View (919) 355-9715
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Psychiatric Associates of NC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Immediate availability for private therapy & medication management. Seeing adults & children ages 15+. LGBTQ+ welcoming. Spanish-speaking psychiatrist and therapist available. Appointments may be in office in Raleigh or virtually across North Carolina! Evening and weekend hours offered by some providers at request. Most insurance plans are accepted.
Immediate availability for private therapy & medication management. Seeing adults & children ages 15+. LGBTQ+ welcoming. Spanish-speaking psychiatrist and therapist available. Appointments may be in office in Raleigh or virtually across North Carolina! Evening and weekend hours offered by some providers at request. Most insurance plans are accepted.
(984) 689-9841 View (984) 689-9841
MedPsych Integrated
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27617
Your mental health matters! Virtual & in office medication management appointments available within 2 business days! When you need someone, you shouldn't have to wait. No matter your struggle, there is hope!
Your mental health matters! Virtual & in office medication management appointments available within 2 business days! When you need someone, you shouldn't have to wait. No matter your struggle, there is hope!
(919) 420-3739 View (919) 420-3739
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Asa Cordle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27617
Waitlist for new clients
After a decade in psychiatry, I have worked with individuals from many walks of life and a variety of treatment goals, usually related to navigating problems with mood, anxiety, or focus. The majority of my experience, including a fellowship, has involved working with individuals recovering from depression during midlife. Depending on conditions and goals, approaches have included medications, tms, psychotherapy, and applying therapeutic frameworks to exercise and diet.
After a decade in psychiatry, I have worked with individuals from many walks of life and a variety of treatment goals, usually related to navigating problems with mood, anxiety, or focus. The majority of my experience, including a fellowship, has involved working with individuals recovering from depression during midlife. Depending on conditions and goals, approaches have included medications, tms, psychotherapy, and applying therapeutic frameworks to exercise and diet.
(984) 217-4811 View (984) 217-4811

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Raleigh, NC

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Raleigh, NC who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
80% ADHD
79% Medication Management
77% Bipolar Disorder
74% Trauma and PTSD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% Aetna
77% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Raleigh, NC see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Raleigh?

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.