Psychiatrists in Nashua, NH

Photo of Tonya Watkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashua, NH
Tonya Watkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03060  (Online Only)
As of 3/25/24 I have daytime availability! I have been a nurse practitioner for over 10 years, helping my clients to become their healthiest and best selves. I practice primarily as a women's health psychiatric nurse practitioner, focusing on treating issues including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorders, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, women's issues, chronic pain, and eating issues. I particularly enjoy working with college students, so if you're in that group, please reach out!
As of 3/25/24 I have daytime availability! I have been a nurse practitioner for over 10 years, helping my clients to become their healthiest and best selves. I practice primarily as a women's health psychiatric nurse practitioner, focusing on treating issues including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorders, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, women's issues, chronic pain, and eating issues. I particularly enjoy working with college students, so if you're in that group, please reach out!
(603) 691-2075 View (603) 691-2075
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Granite State Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashua, NH 03060
Sarah is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing compassionate mental health care to all of her patients. She provides comprehensive behavioral health services including psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulation, medication management, and psychoeducation for an array of mental health disorders. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Sarah is currently accepting new patients ages 18 and older. She is currently licensed in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is able to see clients in person or telehealth
Sarah is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing compassionate mental health care to all of her patients. She provides comprehensive behavioral health services including psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulation, medication management, and psychoeducation for an array of mental health disorders. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Sarah is currently accepting new patients ages 18 and older. She is currently licensed in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is able to see clients in person or telehealth
(603) 865-1447 View (603) 865-1447
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Vista Family Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03062  (Online Only)
My name is Christina Gormly and I am currently scheduling new clients for telehealth sessions. I specialize in caring for children, adolescents, and young adults. I take a warm and holistic approach, utilizing CBT and DBT methods to assist you in meeting your goals. I enjoy working with families with complex needs. I am certified by the ANCC to treat mental health conditions across the lifespan. I have extensive experience in treating eating disorders, as well as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, trauma, attention deficit, and mood dysregulation.
My name is Christina Gormly and I am currently scheduling new clients for telehealth sessions. I specialize in caring for children, adolescents, and young adults. I take a warm and holistic approach, utilizing CBT and DBT methods to assist you in meeting your goals. I enjoy working with families with complex needs. I am certified by the ANCC to treat mental health conditions across the lifespan. I have extensive experience in treating eating disorders, as well as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, trauma, attention deficit, and mood dysregulation.
(603) 420-2529 View (603) 420-2529
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Jennifer Penn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashua, NH 03060
Are you hoping to find someone who can manage your existing psychiatric medications, or are you interested in starting treatment for the first time? I work with individuals facing mental health challenges ranging from simple to complex. My patients are looking for easy-to-understand medication management plans delivered in a relaxed, accepting environment. I utilize solution-focused techniques in a straightforward treatment style.
Are you hoping to find someone who can manage your existing psychiatric medications, or are you interested in starting treatment for the first time? I work with individuals facing mental health challenges ranging from simple to complex. My patients are looking for easy-to-understand medication management plans delivered in a relaxed, accepting environment. I utilize solution-focused techniques in a straightforward treatment style.
(844) 519-0437 View (844) 519-0437
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Carissa Kajenski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Nashua, NH 03063  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to our psychiatric practice! For the past 9 years, I have had the privilege of serving patients and connecting with the community. The practice specializes in providing support to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder. I understand the importance of accessibility and flexibility, which is why I offer virtual and in-person visits to ensure that patients can receive the care they need, regardless of their location or circumstances. I accept various insurance plans, including Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Plans, Optum, Tufts, UMR, UnitedHealthcare.
Welcome to our psychiatric practice! For the past 9 years, I have had the privilege of serving patients and connecting with the community. The practice specializes in providing support to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder. I understand the importance of accessibility and flexibility, which is why I offer virtual and in-person visits to ensure that patients can receive the care they need, regardless of their location or circumstances. I accept various insurance plans, including Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Plans, Optum, Tufts, UMR, UnitedHealthcare.
(603) 965-2825 View (603) 965-2825
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New England Psychiatry PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03060
NEW ENGLAND PSYCHIATRY IS ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! PLEASE FILL OUT THE INTAKE FORM AT https://newenglandpsychiatry.org/patient-intake-form/
NEW ENGLAND PSYCHIATRY IS ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! PLEASE FILL OUT THE INTAKE FORM AT https://newenglandpsychiatry.org/patient-intake-form/
(603) 932-5564 View (603) 932-5564
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Vista Family Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashua, NH 03062  (Online Only)
All services provided via telehealth at this time. Licensed to provide services to clients located in MA or NH. We provide comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults including: consultation, psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulation, medication management services, general wellness counseling and education.
All services provided via telehealth at this time. Licensed to provide services to clients located in MA or NH. We provide comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults including: consultation, psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulation, medication management services, general wellness counseling and education.
(603) 605-1664 View (603) 605-1664
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Mertie Potter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03060
My name is Mertie L. Potter. I am an ANCC certified family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with a doctorate in nursing practice. I see children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. My clinical practice is primarily focused on medication management while I do a limited amount of psychotherapy at Merrimack Valley Counseling Association in Nashua, NH. Some areas of my expertise include anxiety, ADHD, mental health issues related to chronic illness (such as, arthritis, cancer, FMS etc.), loss and grieving, mood disorders, and stress management. I taught nursing and NP students for many years and precept NP students.
My name is Mertie L. Potter. I am an ANCC certified family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with a doctorate in nursing practice. I see children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. My clinical practice is primarily focused on medication management while I do a limited amount of psychotherapy at Merrimack Valley Counseling Association in Nashua, NH. Some areas of my expertise include anxiety, ADHD, mental health issues related to chronic illness (such as, arthritis, cancer, FMS etc.), loss and grieving, mood disorders, and stress management. I taught nursing and NP students for many years and precept NP students.
(866) 503-3677 View (866) 503-3677
Johnmichael Kimani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03063
Absolute Psych Care is a private practice located in Nashua, NH. We offer psychopharmacological treatment for individuals with mood, anxiety, sleep, and psychotic disorders including Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Binge-Eating Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder. 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.
Absolute Psych Care is a private practice located in Nashua, NH. We offer psychopharmacological treatment for individuals with mood, anxiety, sleep, and psychotic disorders including Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Binge-Eating Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder. 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.
(603) 709-2527 View (603) 709-2527
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Dr. Susan G Vonderheide
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PhD
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03060
I have a private practice consisting of clients seeking psychiatric medication and a small number of adult clients seeking counseling only. I see both children and adults for psychiatric medication. Clients seek services for Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as many other symptoms.
I have a private practice consisting of clients seeking psychiatric medication and a small number of adult clients seeking counseling only. I see both children and adults for psychiatric medication. Clients seek services for Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as many other symptoms.
(603) 891-1152 View (603) 891-1152
Photo of Yvonne Amune, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashua, NH
Yvonne Amune
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03062
My clinical focus is on holistic care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, and substance use. I take a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping people reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing. I am passionate about working with diverse populations regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm understand culturally-conscious care, and have helped many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
My clinical focus is on holistic care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, and substance use. I take a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping people reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing. I am passionate about working with diverse populations regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm understand culturally-conscious care, and have helped many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
(603) 825-4704 View (603) 825-4704
Photo of Danielle Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashua, NH
Danielle Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03060  (Online Only)
I recognize how difficult it is to find someone both knowledgeable about medications used to treat mental health concerns and who is a down to earth, real person at the same time. My clients have told me that I am easy to talk to and provide good clinical insight. I provide medication management services for women 18 and over for a variety of mental health concerns including adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD/ADD, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, PMDD, perinatal mood disorders, mood disorders in menopause, compulsive over-eating, and binge eating disorder.
I recognize how difficult it is to find someone both knowledgeable about medications used to treat mental health concerns and who is a down to earth, real person at the same time. My clients have told me that I am easy to talk to and provide good clinical insight. I provide medication management services for women 18 and over for a variety of mental health concerns including adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD/ADD, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, PMDD, perinatal mood disorders, mood disorders in menopause, compulsive over-eating, and binge eating disorder.
(603) 821-0008 x101 View (603) 821-0008 x101
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Mental Healthcare of New England
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashua, NH 03062
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who understands the importance of providing healthcare from a holistic perspective, centered on healing the whole person (mind, body, and spirit). I am certified in working with all ages, from children to the elderly. I can help with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, ASD, and Schizo-affective disorders. My psychiatric experience includes working in acute care psychiatric hospitals as well as private practice outpatient mental health care.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who understands the importance of providing healthcare from a holistic perspective, centered on healing the whole person (mind, body, and spirit). I am certified in working with all ages, from children to the elderly. I can help with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, ASD, and Schizo-affective disorders. My psychiatric experience includes working in acute care psychiatric hospitals as well as private practice outpatient mental health care.
(603) 200-4021 View (603) 200-4021
Photo of Christine Isabelle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashua, NH
Christine Isabelle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP, MSN/MPH
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03062
Currently accepting new adolescent and adult patients! Are you ready to take charge of your mental well-being and embark on a journey towards a happier, healthier you? Struggling with mood changes, anxiety, focus issues, lack of motivation? I can to provide the individualized support you need. There is no one path to wellness, it is a process that is personal and dynamic. Together, we will help you achieve your goals and rediscover the joy in your life.
Currently accepting new adolescent and adult patients! Are you ready to take charge of your mental well-being and embark on a journey towards a happier, healthier you? Struggling with mood changes, anxiety, focus issues, lack of motivation? I can to provide the individualized support you need. There is no one path to wellness, it is a process that is personal and dynamic. Together, we will help you achieve your goals and rediscover the joy in your life.
(603) 722-6361 View (603) 722-6361
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Eren Kurtay-Sozmen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03060
I have over 20 years of experience and privilege of treating patients with mental disorders. My areas of interest are anxiety, depression and certain types of bipolar disorder.
I have over 20 years of experience and privilege of treating patients with mental disorders. My areas of interest are anxiety, depression and certain types of bipolar disorder.
(603) 605-1167 View (603) 605-1167
Photo of Katherine Brock, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashua, NH
Katherine Brock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03062
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP=BC) who works in the outpatient setting providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I take a holistic approach in treating those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and more.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP=BC) who works in the outpatient setting providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I take a holistic approach in treating those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and more.
(603) 889-2843 View (603) 889-2843
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Cara-Jean Donaghey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, ANP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03062
Dually board certified a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, with a background in internal medicine, I have extensive experience in treating a wide variety of mental health concerns in the setting of physical health. Comprehensive services include consultation, psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment with particular focus on development of a strong therapeutic partnership. I provide primarily medication management, some psychotherapy and alternative modalities to adolescents and adults, ages 16 and up. Appointments are offered in person or via telehealth.
Dually board certified a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, with a background in internal medicine, I have extensive experience in treating a wide variety of mental health concerns in the setting of physical health. Comprehensive services include consultation, psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment with particular focus on development of a strong therapeutic partnership. I provide primarily medication management, some psychotherapy and alternative modalities to adolescents and adults, ages 16 and up. Appointments are offered in person or via telehealth.
(603) 417-4378 View (603) 417-4378
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Temilola Oladotun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03062
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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Granite State Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashua, NH 03060
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS OF ALL AGES BOTH IN PERSON AND VIA TELEHEALTH (VIDEO)* I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), nationally accredited to provide psychiatric services across the lifespan. I provide comprehensive behavioral health services including consultation, psychiatric assessment, diagnostic formulation, medication management, and education. I provide care to children ages 5 and up including adolescents/teens, college students, young professionals, adults, and geriatrics.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS OF ALL AGES BOTH IN PERSON AND VIA TELEHEALTH (VIDEO)* I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), nationally accredited to provide psychiatric services across the lifespan. I provide comprehensive behavioral health services including consultation, psychiatric assessment, diagnostic formulation, medication management, and education. I provide care to children ages 5 and up including adolescents/teens, college students, young professionals, adults, and geriatrics.
(603) 827-4866 View (603) 827-4866
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Hopeville Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APRN
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03060
Chris Farnworth, a distinguished psychiatric mental health practitioner based in New Hampshire, stands as a beacon of support for individuals navigating the complexities of depression, anxiety, and mood variability. With a compassionate and client-centered approach, Chris empowers her clients to confront and overcome the challenges that accompany these mental health conditions.
Chris Farnworth, a distinguished psychiatric mental health practitioner based in New Hampshire, stands as a beacon of support for individuals navigating the complexities of depression, anxiety, and mood variability. With a compassionate and client-centered approach, Chris empowers her clients to confront and overcome the challenges that accompany these mental health conditions.
(603) 836-9831 View (603) 836-9831

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Nashua, NH

50+

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in Nashua, NH who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
73% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
83% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Nashua, NH see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Nashua?

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.