Psychiatrists in Goffstown, NH

Linda Pimenta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goffstown, NH 03045
I provide treatment for several psychiatric diagnoses with dignity and respect for all who seek treatment. I am willing to see you during off hours (evenings or a weekend) if that is best for you. Working together, we can help you feel like YOU again.
I provide treatment for several psychiatric diagnoses with dignity and respect for all who seek treatment. I am willing to see you during off hours (evenings or a weekend) if that is best for you. Working together, we can help you feel like YOU again.
(603) 865-7300 View (603) 865-7300

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Insightful Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03102
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
(603) 207-3613 View (603) 207-3613
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Elizabeth Steward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Bedford, NH 03110  (Online Only)
I am dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. This dual specialty gives me knowledge and perspective on both mental and physical health, allowing me to approach your treatment comprehensively while helping you regain balance within your life. My approach to psychiatric care is supported by evidence-based interventions.
I am dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. This dual specialty gives me knowledge and perspective on both mental and physical health, allowing me to approach your treatment comprehensively while helping you regain balance within your life. My approach to psychiatric care is supported by evidence-based interventions.
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Michael John Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Manchester, NH 03103
You are the expert in your experience and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider, I can help you form an evidence-based treatment plan for holistic healing. More often than not, people suffer from depression and anxiety simultaneously. When we are overwhelmed by simple daily tasks, it is difficult to maintain or even experience peace, joy, and meaningful connection.
You are the expert in your experience and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider, I can help you form an evidence-based treatment plan for holistic healing. More often than not, people suffer from depression and anxiety simultaneously. When we are overwhelmed by simple daily tasks, it is difficult to maintain or even experience peace, joy, and meaningful connection.
(603) 605-0882 View (603) 605-0882
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Optimal Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bedford, NH 03110
We are here to help guide you along the route to better mental health. We believe that good mental health is essential to your overall health and well-being. We will consider your needs very carefully to understand how We treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, insomnia and OCD.
We are here to help guide you along the route to better mental health. We believe that good mental health is essential to your overall health and well-being. We will consider your needs very carefully to understand how We treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, insomnia and OCD.
(603) 634-8077 View (603) 634-8077
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Natasa Ristivojevic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bedford, NH 03110  (Online Only)
It’s fulfilling to see my clients regain their lives back. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, a low mood, or feelings of anger, it's my belief these things don't have to last forever. Your decision to reach out is essential, as it will initiate the direction you want to take. My goal is to listen carefully and use evidence-based interventions along with judicious use of prescription medications to address your symptoms. It's important to remember, however, that prescribing the right medication regimen is only one part of the treatment that leads to alleviating mental and emotional suffering.
It’s fulfilling to see my clients regain their lives back. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, a low mood, or feelings of anger, it's my belief these things don't have to last forever. Your decision to reach out is essential, as it will initiate the direction you want to take. My goal is to listen carefully and use evidence-based interventions along with judicious use of prescription medications to address your symptoms. It's important to remember, however, that prescribing the right medication regimen is only one part of the treatment that leads to alleviating mental and emotional suffering.
(508) 466-6151 View (508) 466-6151
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Margaret Oliver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester, NH 03103  (Online Only)
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities.
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities.
(844) 780-3461 View (844) 780-3461
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Temilola Oladotun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03101
Accepting New Patients. With a distinctive dual background as both a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring a unique blend of expertise encompassing general healthcare and specialized psychiatric care. My unwavering dedication to your comprehensive well-being is the driving force behind my patient-centered approach, offering personalized mental health support grounded in robust evidence-based practices.
Accepting New Patients. With a distinctive dual background as both a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring a unique blend of expertise encompassing general healthcare and specialized psychiatric care. My unwavering dedication to your comprehensive well-being is the driving force behind my patient-centered approach, offering personalized mental health support grounded in robust evidence-based practices.
(866) 971-3927 View (866) 971-3927
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester, NH 03103  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(877) 916-6034 View (877) 916-6034
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester, NH 03103  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(833) 368-9166 View (833) 368-9166
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Nichole Tagliavento
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC, PMNHP
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03101
Integrative Healthcare Center—for mental health and behavioral health. We offer licensed therapists, prescription management, psychiatry, autism care, and more. Integrative medicine, as defined by the U.S. Government’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, explores many treatment avenues, working with patients to heal the whole person, not just one organ system. Integrative Healthcare Center fills a void in the healthcare landscape. Mental health services are hard to find. With providers scarce and in demand, even established patients find themselves waiting months for treatment.
Integrative Healthcare Center—for mental health and behavioral health. We offer licensed therapists, prescription management, psychiatry, autism care, and more. Integrative medicine, as defined by the U.S. Government’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, explores many treatment avenues, working with patients to heal the whole person, not just one organ system. Integrative Healthcare Center fills a void in the healthcare landscape. Mental health services are hard to find. With providers scarce and in demand, even established patients find themselves waiting months for treatment.
(641) 435-7835 View (641) 435-7835
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Teresa Frederick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hooksett, NH 03106
Welcome! Yes, I am currently accepting new clients! I see children (6 +) to adults. Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Do you feel irritable, sad, tired, anxious, or no longer find enjoyment in things that used to make you happy? Maybe you feel completely overwhelmed with work, school, or being a new parent and are having a hard time getting adjusted. You are not alone, and I understand those feelings can be really overwhelming. The good news is that things can get better. Together, we can find the right treatment to help you start feeling like yourself again!
Welcome! Yes, I am currently accepting new clients! I see children (6 +) to adults. Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Do you feel irritable, sad, tired, anxious, or no longer find enjoyment in things that used to make you happy? Maybe you feel completely overwhelmed with work, school, or being a new parent and are having a hard time getting adjusted. You are not alone, and I understand those feelings can be really overwhelming. The good news is that things can get better. Together, we can find the right treatment to help you start feeling like yourself again!
(844) 786-1986 View (844) 786-1986
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Camella Granara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03101  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients in NY, MA, RI, NH. If you are on PsychologyToday.com, you are most likely going through some difficult stuff and life is not as you want it to be. I am sorry that you are struggling. But, I want you to know that with some good steps forward, solid guidance and support, things can get a whole let better. This can happen sooner than you think too! Contact me today for a consultation. Mention Psychology today and your consult is free!
Currently accepting new clients in NY, MA, RI, NH. If you are on PsychologyToday.com, you are most likely going through some difficult stuff and life is not as you want it to be. I am sorry that you are struggling. But, I want you to know that with some good steps forward, solid guidance and support, things can get a whole let better. This can happen sooner than you think too! Contact me today for a consultation. Mention Psychology today and your consult is free!
(347) 808-3807 View (347) 808-3807
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Dr. Lionel Pereira
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03101
I am a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist based in Manchester, NH & Boston, MA. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism, OCD, Trauma. I provide diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management for children ages 2-18 years. I am available for in person and remote/virtual/teletherapy visits. Send us an email or call 603-851-3801 and leave your name, phone number and email ID and we will get back to you.
I am a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist based in Manchester, NH & Boston, MA. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism, OCD, Trauma. I provide diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management for children ages 2-18 years. I am available for in person and remote/virtual/teletherapy visits. Send us an email or call 603-851-3801 and leave your name, phone number and email ID and we will get back to you.
(866) 747-1385 View (866) 747-1385
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Advanced Psych Care, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03101  (Online Only)
Accepting New patients. ADHD testing. Telehealth/video. APC is a private practice located NH, owned by a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats Psychiatric/Mental illnesses (Bipolar, Depression, Psychotic disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, etc) and Substance Use Disorders/Addiction (Heroin/Fentanyl/Oxy). At APC, patients are treated with respect and we take the time to create a private and therapeutic environment where your medication concerns are heard, symptoms are treated and your overall wellbeing is a priority. We also offer Medication Assisted Treatment to patients who require Suboxone. Testing for ADHD.
Accepting New patients. ADHD testing. Telehealth/video. APC is a private practice located NH, owned by a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats Psychiatric/Mental illnesses (Bipolar, Depression, Psychotic disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, etc) and Substance Use Disorders/Addiction (Heroin/Fentanyl/Oxy). At APC, patients are treated with respect and we take the time to create a private and therapeutic environment where your medication concerns are heard, symptoms are treated and your overall wellbeing is a priority. We also offer Medication Assisted Treatment to patients who require Suboxone. Testing for ADHD.
(603) 892-9922 View (603) 892-9922
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Joshua Ritz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bedford, NH 03110
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, trauma, and mood disorders. I have had a long career working in mental healthcare at McLean Hospital, treating patients ranging in age from late adolescence through the elderly, and completed my clinical training there while earning my graduate degree from Regis College. I believe treatment to be multifaceted, with medication management, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes as factors that work best in concert with each other.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, trauma, and mood disorders. I have had a long career working in mental healthcare at McLean Hospital, treating patients ranging in age from late adolescence through the elderly, and completed my clinical training there while earning my graduate degree from Regis College. I believe treatment to be multifaceted, with medication management, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes as factors that work best in concert with each other.
(508) 290-6732 View (508) 290-6732
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Juliana Pires
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bedford, NH 03110
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
(603) 782-9572 View (603) 782-9572
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Yumei Chen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Bedford, NH 03110
We specialize in medication management for various mental illnesses and psychiatric disorders. We treat patients aged 14 and older and do not discriminate based on gender, race, religious beliefs, or cognitive ability. Our services include psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, psychopharmacology medication management, and mental health education. We offer flexible appointments on Fridays and Saturdays, either in person or via video appointments, to accommodate your busy life. My commitment extends beyond alleviating symptoms to cultivating resilience, self-discovery, and a profound sense of well-being.
We specialize in medication management for various mental illnesses and psychiatric disorders. We treat patients aged 14 and older and do not discriminate based on gender, race, religious beliefs, or cognitive ability. Our services include psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, psychopharmacology medication management, and mental health education. We offer flexible appointments on Fridays and Saturdays, either in person or via video appointments, to accommodate your busy life. My commitment extends beyond alleviating symptoms to cultivating resilience, self-discovery, and a profound sense of well-being.
(603) 734-9036 x5 View (603) 734-9036 x5
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Bri Boulanger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03103
There is so much more to mental health than just medication. It requires thorough background information to be gathered, physical ailments to be addressed, and the assistance of the right form of therapy in order to see marked improvement in symptoms. With Bri, you will be able to feel as though you are part of the decision making process and a partner in working towards a decrease in symptoms and an improvement to daily life. With a biopsychosocial model approach and a strong belief in neuroplasticity, Bri can assist in helping you find more stability and happiness. (Intakes 1.5 hours, Follow ups 25 mins)
There is so much more to mental health than just medication. It requires thorough background information to be gathered, physical ailments to be addressed, and the assistance of the right form of therapy in order to see marked improvement in symptoms. With Bri, you will be able to feel as though you are part of the decision making process and a partner in working towards a decrease in symptoms and an improvement to daily life. With a biopsychosocial model approach and a strong belief in neuroplasticity, Bri can assist in helping you find more stability and happiness. (Intakes 1.5 hours, Follow ups 25 mins)
(603) 473-4451 View (603) 473-4451
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Holistic Behavioral Health M S
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bedford, NH 03110
At Holistic Behavioral Health Multi Services (HBHMS), We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and assessments to adolescents and adults. We pride ourselves in offering compassionate mental health services to our patients dealing with Anxiety Depression Insomnia PTSD, ADHD and Mood Disorders. Our goal is to help and support each individual as they are going through their distressing experiences. Our board-certified professionals have the knowledge, experience, and desire to ensure that our patients receive the best quality care.
At Holistic Behavioral Health Multi Services (HBHMS), We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and assessments to adolescents and adults. We pride ourselves in offering compassionate mental health services to our patients dealing with Anxiety Depression Insomnia PTSD, ADHD and Mood Disorders. Our goal is to help and support each individual as they are going through their distressing experiences. Our board-certified professionals have the knowledge, experience, and desire to ensure that our patients receive the best quality care.
(781) 287-8722 View (781) 287-8722

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100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Goffstown?

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.