Psychiatrists in Whitsett, NC

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Natashia Broadnax
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitsett, NC 27377  (Online Only)
My treatment philosophy centers on a whole-person approach focusing on overall wellness. It is important to have a collaborative approach making sure not to dismiss any areas of concern, but to provide the most efficient comprehensive care.
My treatment philosophy centers on a whole-person approach focusing on overall wellness. It is important to have a collaborative approach making sure not to dismiss any areas of concern, but to provide the most efficient comprehensive care.
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TelePsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27401
Our clinic provides Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
Our clinic provides Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(828) 575-0687 View (828) 575-0687
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Tabitha Bowman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27215  (Online Only)
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
(336) 459-3409 View (336) 459-3409
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Jessica Grimes
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27401
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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Joseph Jordan
Physician Assistant, MSPA, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27401
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
(984) 305-2476 View (984) 305-2476
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Julie D. McClure
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Burlington, NC 27215  (Online Only)
Julie McClure, PA-C is joining Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services as a psychiatry physician assistant practitioner. She has previously spent nearly 10 years working with children and adults with rare metabolic disorders. In addition to being certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board, Julie is a registered dietitian. She has a particular interest in treating patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, depression, bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance abuse and disordered eating.
Julie McClure, PA-C is joining Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services as a psychiatry physician assistant practitioner. She has previously spent nearly 10 years working with children and adults with rare metabolic disorders. In addition to being certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board, Julie is a registered dietitian. She has a particular interest in treating patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, depression, bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance abuse and disordered eating.
(336) 502-6375 View (336) 502-6375
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Hope, Health and Recovery, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Burlington, NC 27215  (Online Only)
Through active listening and engaged questioning I am able to work with each client to develop an individual medication management plan that targets one's symptoms of disease. Since graduating from the University of South Alabama my interests have been in treating adults with mental health conditions as well as those experiencing problems with addiction. I have worked in: inpatient, outpatient, crisis care, behavioral health urgent care as well as long-term care facilities, memory care units and assisted living facilities. My goal is never to dumb and numb a person to where one can't cry at a sad movie or when someone passes away.
Through active listening and engaged questioning I am able to work with each client to develop an individual medication management plan that targets one's symptoms of disease. Since graduating from the University of South Alabama my interests have been in treating adults with mental health conditions as well as those experiencing problems with addiction. I have worked in: inpatient, outpatient, crisis care, behavioral health urgent care as well as long-term care facilities, memory care units and assisted living facilities. My goal is never to dumb and numb a person to where one can't cry at a sad movie or when someone passes away.
(336) 814-8103 View (336) 814-8103
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Verena Socolar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27215
I have a comfortable private office in Chapel Hill conveniently located off Hwy 15/501 close to I-40 exit. I am in solo-practice, however, share the office suite with two psychotherapists in private practice. --- My practice is rooted in holistic nursing. I see my role as helping people to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. To do so, I judiciously prescribe medications to alleviate excess anxiety, worry, anger, and lethargy. I believe that many issues also need to be addressed with other forms of therapy or life style changes.
I have a comfortable private office in Chapel Hill conveniently located off Hwy 15/501 close to I-40 exit. I am in solo-practice, however, share the office suite with two psychotherapists in private practice. --- My practice is rooted in holistic nursing. I see my role as helping people to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. To do so, I judiciously prescribe medications to alleviate excess anxiety, worry, anger, and lethargy. I believe that many issues also need to be addressed with other forms of therapy or life style changes.
(919) 551-3154 View (919) 551-3154
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Corbin Burns
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alamance, NC 27201  (Online Only)
Corbin transitioned to outpatient psychiatric care in 2020, and has been practicing in behavioral health ever since! His goal was to pursue a career in mental healthcare in order to help alleviate the shortage of mental healthcare providers in this country. He feels that it is extremely important to help normalize the conversation of our mental health in our daily lives!
Corbin transitioned to outpatient psychiatric care in 2020, and has been practicing in behavioral health ever since! His goal was to pursue a career in mental healthcare in order to help alleviate the shortage of mental healthcare providers in this country. He feels that it is extremely important to help normalize the conversation of our mental health in our daily lives!
(984) 733-1716 View (984) 733-1716
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Sydney Johnston
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27215  (Online Only)
I am wholeheartedly committed to building a trusting relationship with you on our journey towards a life brimming with happiness and fulfillment. Leveraging my extensive expertise in mental health, including but not limited to addiction, ADHD, alcohol use, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, loss, grief, and bereavement, life transitions, school issues, self-esteem, self-harming, sleep or insomnia, stress, substance abuse, women's issues, adjustment difficulties and disorders, phobias and fears, burnout, panic attacks/panic disorder, and many more—I prioritize transparent communication and honesty.
I am wholeheartedly committed to building a trusting relationship with you on our journey towards a life brimming with happiness and fulfillment. Leveraging my extensive expertise in mental health, including but not limited to addiction, ADHD, alcohol use, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, loss, grief, and bereavement, life transitions, school issues, self-esteem, self-harming, sleep or insomnia, stress, substance abuse, women's issues, adjustment difficulties and disorders, phobias and fears, burnout, panic attacks/panic disorder, and many more—I prioritize transparent communication and honesty.
(919) 584-9581 View (919) 584-9581
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Susan Caceres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Burlington, NC 27215  (Online Only)
Reaching out for mental health support can feel overwhelming. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strive to provide compassionate and evidenced based care to all of my clients. I use a collaborative approach to help you find the most appropriate interventions to meet your needs through supportive discussions and medication management. I recognize that everyone’s lived experience is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It is my goal to ensure that you have the most up to date information to make well-informed healthcare decisions that you feel comfortable with.
Reaching out for mental health support can feel overwhelming. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strive to provide compassionate and evidenced based care to all of my clients. I use a collaborative approach to help you find the most appropriate interventions to meet your needs through supportive discussions and medication management. I recognize that everyone’s lived experience is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It is my goal to ensure that you have the most up to date information to make well-informed healthcare decisions that you feel comfortable with.
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Synergy Psych
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27104
Have you tried to manage your mental health on your own? Have you avoided making an appointment with a psychiatrist because the wait was too long or because you’ve had a negative experience in the past? Psychiatry should not be impersonal, overwhelming, or inconvenient. I strive to deliver a comfortable environment in which your mental health concerns are addressed. I like to meet you where you are, and work in partnership to overcome challenges so that you’re not just surviving but thriving. I am compassionate, empathetic, and truly care for my patients.
Have you tried to manage your mental health on your own? Have you avoided making an appointment with a psychiatrist because the wait was too long or because you’ve had a negative experience in the past? Psychiatry should not be impersonal, overwhelming, or inconvenient. I strive to deliver a comfortable environment in which your mental health concerns are addressed. I like to meet you where you are, and work in partnership to overcome challenges so that you’re not just surviving but thriving. I am compassionate, empathetic, and truly care for my patients.
(336) 502-2063 View (336) 502-2063
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Elizabeth Lemons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209  (Online Only)
Elizabeth "Liz" Lemons is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas. She has over 10 years of experience working with teens, adults, and seniors.
Elizabeth "Liz" Lemons is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas. She has over 10 years of experience working with teens, adults, and seniors.
(704) 610-5313 View (704) 610-5313
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Modern Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seven Lakes, NC 27376
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
(910) 542-8507 View (910) 542-8507
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Dr. Tian Duke-Sui
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27518
Family Psychiatry Practice & Associates has been serving the community in Cary, North Carolina for over 25 years. Our caring and professional board-certified psychiatrists see children, adolescents, and adults for both medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Duke-Sui and Dr. Boyer are board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. They offer both psychotherapy and medication management.
Family Psychiatry Practice & Associates has been serving the community in Cary, North Carolina for over 25 years. Our caring and professional board-certified psychiatrists see children, adolescents, and adults for both medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Duke-Sui and Dr. Boyer are board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. They offer both psychotherapy and medication management.
(919) 233-4131 View (919) 233-4131
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Davette Patterson-Yount
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Davette is a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of NC. She graduated from Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem NC with her family medicine studies and from Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston SC with her psychiatric study. Davette has over 18 years of nursing experience in cardiology, psychiatry, and family practice. Her current specialty focuses on family psychiatry across all ages.
Davette is a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of NC. She graduated from Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem NC with her family medicine studies and from Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston SC with her psychiatric study. Davette has over 18 years of nursing experience in cardiology, psychiatry, and family practice. Her current specialty focuses on family psychiatry across all ages.
(828) 929-0797 View (828) 929-0797
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Kerry Landry
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, CEDS, FAPA, DFAACAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27707
Waitlist for new clients
As a psychiatrist board-certified in providing care for children, adolescents, and adults, with experience working with patients, families, and providers across all levels of care, my goal is to provide compassionate, individualized, evidence-based care and guidance to those who seek my services. Pursuit of this goal requires that I take the time to thoughtfully learn about the individuals who choose to see me. I have extensive experience caring for individuals with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral conditions through empirically-based individual and family therapy modalities, diagnostic evaluations, psychopharmacology,
As a psychiatrist board-certified in providing care for children, adolescents, and adults, with experience working with patients, families, and providers across all levels of care, my goal is to provide compassionate, individualized, evidence-based care and guidance to those who seek my services. Pursuit of this goal requires that I take the time to thoughtfully learn about the individuals who choose to see me. I have extensive experience caring for individuals with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral conditions through empirically-based individual and family therapy modalities, diagnostic evaluations, psychopharmacology,
(984) 217-1843 View (984) 217-1843
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Raj Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28211
Waitlist for new clients
My goal is to work alongside my patients to improve their function and well-being - I take a collaborative, individualized approach to each patient and recognize that no two patients are alike. I believe that taking the time to listen and understand my patients is key to providing excellent care, whether that be medication, therapy, or a combination of both. Your success is my success, and rather than focus on a single issue or symptom, I prefer to view my patients on a more holistic scale and believe that excellent treatment involves understanding the nuances of an individual's personal and professional life.
My goal is to work alongside my patients to improve their function and well-being - I take a collaborative, individualized approach to each patient and recognize that no two patients are alike. I believe that taking the time to listen and understand my patients is key to providing excellent care, whether that be medication, therapy, or a combination of both. Your success is my success, and rather than focus on a single issue or symptom, I prefer to view my patients on a more holistic scale and believe that excellent treatment involves understanding the nuances of an individual's personal and professional life.
(704) 270-6977 View (704) 270-6977
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Liz Burkholder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226  (Online Only)
My passion is training other clinicians in mind-body medicine modalities including GoWithin Hypno-Breathwork, which is a comprehensive modality that merges hypnotherapy and breathwork to get into the deepest subconscious layers for inner child healing, emotional and somatic healing, and shock / trauma healing. Please visit www.gowithininstitute.com for more information.
My passion is training other clinicians in mind-body medicine modalities including GoWithin Hypno-Breathwork, which is a comprehensive modality that merges hypnotherapy and breathwork to get into the deepest subconscious layers for inner child healing, emotional and somatic healing, and shock / trauma healing. Please visit www.gowithininstitute.com for more information.
(704) 480-3432 View (704) 480-3432
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Madhav Muppa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
I moved to Charlotte after working for 4 years in PA in a inpatient psychiatric hospital and outpatient clinic. My outpatient experience was taking care of children, adolescents and adult patients with Autism Spectrum disorder, ADHD, Oppositional defiant disorder and mood disorders. My particular interests are Mood disorders, ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorder.
I moved to Charlotte after working for 4 years in PA in a inpatient psychiatric hospital and outpatient clinic. My outpatient experience was taking care of children, adolescents and adult patients with Autism Spectrum disorder, ADHD, Oppositional defiant disorder and mood disorders. My particular interests are Mood disorders, ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorder.
(704) 610-1192 View (704) 610-1192

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Number of Psychiatrists in Whitsett, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Whitsett, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Parenting
100% Divorce
100% Anger Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Whitsett, NC see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Whitsett?

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.