Psychiatrists in Rockingham County, NH

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Photo of Victoria Gorveatt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockingham County, NH
Victoria Gorveatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Londonderry, NH 03053
Victoria Gorveatt is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire who has been practicing since 2000. She earned a Bachelor of Science Nursing, a Master's of Science Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner and a Post-Master's Certificate-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Regis College. With more than 20 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner before she became a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Victoria was lucky to help many clients who were older adults and found a niche in caring for this vulnerable population.
Victoria Gorveatt is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire who has been practicing since 2000. She earned a Bachelor of Science Nursing, a Master's of Science Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner and a Post-Master's Certificate-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Regis College. With more than 20 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner before she became a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Victoria was lucky to help many clients who were older adults and found a niche in caring for this vulnerable population.
(888) 491-5017 View (888) 491-5017
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Unitas Healthcare Systems, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE*** Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of New Hampshire through the use of telehealth.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE*** Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of New Hampshire through the use of telehealth.
(617) 401-7441 View (617) 401-7441
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Ebbtide Behavioral Health Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hampton Falls, NH 03844
Welcome to Ebbtide Behavioral Health Associates, PLLC. It is an honor and privilege to be entrusted with your mental well-being, and I am committed to providing you with the utmost care, understanding, and support on your journey to a healthier state of mind. In this fast-paced and often overwhelming world, I understand the challenges and struggles that can affect your mental health. My approach to care is centered around creating a calming and inviting environment where you feel heard and safe to express your thoughts, emotions, and concerns without judgment.
Welcome to Ebbtide Behavioral Health Associates, PLLC. It is an honor and privilege to be entrusted with your mental well-being, and I am committed to providing you with the utmost care, understanding, and support on your journey to a healthier state of mind. In this fast-paced and often overwhelming world, I understand the challenges and struggles that can affect your mental health. My approach to care is centered around creating a calming and inviting environment where you feel heard and safe to express your thoughts, emotions, and concerns without judgment.
(603) 255-5899 View (603) 255-5899
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Bri Boulanger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Londonderry, NH 03053
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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Donna M Paradise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PCNS, APRN
Verified Verified
Exeter, NH 03833
ANCC Certification in Adolescent Mental Health. Donna is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience providing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology to adolescents, adults and families. She received a Master of Science from Northeastern University. Professional accomplishments include, Clinical Leader for the Department of Psychiatry at Faulkner/ Brigham and Women's Hospital, primary care nurse on the Child and Adolescent Assessment Unit at Cambridge Hospital, and outpatient work on the Adolescent Team at MetroWest Mental Health Association in Framingham, Ma.. She has been in private practice in Exeter, NH, since 2007.
ANCC Certification in Adolescent Mental Health. Donna is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience providing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology to adolescents, adults and families. She received a Master of Science from Northeastern University. Professional accomplishments include, Clinical Leader for the Department of Psychiatry at Faulkner/ Brigham and Women's Hospital, primary care nurse on the Child and Adolescent Assessment Unit at Cambridge Hospital, and outpatient work on the Adolescent Team at MetroWest Mental Health Association in Framingham, Ma.. She has been in private practice in Exeter, NH, since 2007.
(603) 421-6590 View (603) 421-6590
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Paul F. Belliveau, M.D. & Ms. Tasha Humphreys PNP
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Exeter, NH 03833
We offer traditional adult psychiatry treatment as well as newer interventional psychiatry treatments. We will work in collaboration with your current treatment team or if you do not have a provider you can begin care here. Interventional psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that specializes in providing r-TMS or Spravato/Ketamine treatment. These are two treatment options for people who still suffer from depression despite past trials of antidepressants and psychotherapy.
We offer traditional adult psychiatry treatment as well as newer interventional psychiatry treatments. We will work in collaboration with your current treatment team or if you do not have a provider you can begin care here. Interventional psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that specializes in providing r-TMS or Spravato/Ketamine treatment. These are two treatment options for people who still suffer from depression despite past trials of antidepressants and psychotherapy.
(603) 606-9452 View (603) 606-9452
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Donna Primera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified Verified
Exeter, NH 03833
Donna Primera is a Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire who has been practicing since 1995. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. Donna believes in meeting the client where they are at in regard to what they are trying to achieve from treatment. In her spare time, Donna enjoys coloring, reading, walking her dogs, spending time with her children and husband, and traveling.
Donna Primera is a Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire who has been practicing since 1995. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. Donna believes in meeting the client where they are at in regard to what they are trying to achieve from treatment. In her spare time, Donna enjoys coloring, reading, walking her dogs, spending time with her children and husband, and traveling.
(603) 420-2204 View (603) 420-2204
Photo of Jan Archambault, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockingham County, NH
Jan Archambault
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Do you often feel anxious, sad, and long for happiness in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed and frustrated that you aren’t able to move forward? Are you battling with body image, weight issues, and wishing you could make a change? I can help. I will help you identify your strengths and gain understanding of what is holding you back from feeling your best. We will work together to create realistic and practical strategies . Whether you are seeking psychotherapy, medication, or seeking help with creating a sustainable weight loss /exercise program, I am here to help you feel better mentally and physically.
Do you often feel anxious, sad, and long for happiness in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed and frustrated that you aren’t able to move forward? Are you battling with body image, weight issues, and wishing you could make a change? I can help. I will help you identify your strengths and gain understanding of what is holding you back from feeling your best. We will work together to create realistic and practical strategies . Whether you are seeking psychotherapy, medication, or seeking help with creating a sustainable weight loss /exercise program, I am here to help you feel better mentally and physically.
(603) 931-4024 View (603) 931-4024
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Lili Wierbonics
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Exeter, NH 03833
Lili Wierbonics is a licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families in the Seacoast area. Lili has an interest in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, behavioral issues and eating disorders. In her spare time she loves cooking, gardening, kayaking, camping and hiking with family and friends.
Lili Wierbonics is a licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families in the Seacoast area. Lili has an interest in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, behavioral issues and eating disorders. In her spare time she loves cooking, gardening, kayaking, camping and hiking with family and friends.
(603) 207-3197 View (603) 207-3197
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Dawn Marie Chui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Derry, NH 03038  (Online Only)
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
(603) 931-4328 View (603) 931-4328
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Yumei Chen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Raymond, NH 03077
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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Serena Verolla
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, NH 03079
Accepting New patients. Telehealth/video appointments available. Licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Medication management for adults. Board certified in both psychiatric mental health and family medicine. I do not accept Medicare or Medicaid insurances.
Accepting New patients. Telehealth/video appointments available. Licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Medication management for adults. Board certified in both psychiatric mental health and family medicine. I do not accept Medicare or Medicaid insurances.
(603) 207-3563 View (603) 207-3563
Photo of Nyla Gardner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockingham County, NH
Nyla Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Nyla Gardner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2013. Nyla offers empathy and understanding. She is a good listener and offers a positive outlook by focusing on the person's strengths, rather than their weaknesses. Outside of work, Nyla enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading, and following the Red Sox.
Nyla Gardner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2013. Nyla offers empathy and understanding. She is a good listener and offers a positive outlook by focusing on the person's strengths, rather than their weaknesses. Outside of work, Nyla enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading, and following the Red Sox.
(888) 491-5017 View (888) 491-5017
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Steven C Henricks
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Exeter, NH 03833
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist in private practice in Exeter, New Hampshire. I have a profound interest in and commitment to the vocation of depth psychotherapy. In addition to careful attention to your life history and presenting problems, our work together often involves close examination of unconscious phenomena, including dreams, and nightmares, and sometimes spontaneous art and active imagination (engaging the unconscious while awake). My clients often have a history of trauma, especially childhood trauma. They often have been painfully alienated from others and have a strong connection to the unconscious and to nature.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist in private practice in Exeter, New Hampshire. I have a profound interest in and commitment to the vocation of depth psychotherapy. In addition to careful attention to your life history and presenting problems, our work together often involves close examination of unconscious phenomena, including dreams, and nightmares, and sometimes spontaneous art and active imagination (engaging the unconscious while awake). My clients often have a history of trauma, especially childhood trauma. They often have been painfully alienated from others and have a strong connection to the unconscious and to nature.
(603) 567-4228 View (603) 567-4228
Photo of Lori Eaton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockingham County, NH
Lori Eaton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, NH 03079
Not accepting new clients
Lori Eaton is a Board Certified - Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Salem, New Hampshire. She graduated with honors from University of New Mexico School Of Medicine in 2012. Having more than 11 years of diverse experiences. Crossroads Recovery Center (603-912-4490) to learn more about Lori's services or call Lori Eaton directly on phone number (603-327-8301) for more information and advice or to book an appointment. I am dedicated to treating the whole person. In-Network with all NH Medicaid providers and most major insurance carriers.
Lori Eaton is a Board Certified - Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Salem, New Hampshire. She graduated with honors from University of New Mexico School Of Medicine in 2012. Having more than 11 years of diverse experiences. Crossroads Recovery Center (603-912-4490) to learn more about Lori's services or call Lori Eaton directly on phone number (603-327-8301) for more information and advice or to book an appointment. I am dedicated to treating the whole person. In-Network with all NH Medicaid providers and most major insurance carriers.
(603) 912-4490 View (603) 912-4490
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Ozempic/Wegovy/Zepbound Weight Loss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Derry, NH 03038
Offering Ozempic, Wegovy and associated drugs through your insurance and delivered to your home or available at local pharmacy. If interested meet for consult and drugs can be provided. No waitlist, no delays.
Offering Ozempic, Wegovy and associated drugs through your insurance and delivered to your home or available at local pharmacy. If interested meet for consult and drugs can be provided. No waitlist, no delays.
(844) 435-0288 View (844) 435-0288
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Alysha Cutts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Londonderry, NH 03053
I am not currently accepting new patients, thank you for looking! I am licensed in NH and MA. My ideal patients are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, hallucinations, unstable mood, people who just feel like there must be more to life than what is in front of them. Sometimes we just don't know what's wrong or how to explain it-I am happy to talk to you and help you figure out what's going on and treating it with medication if applicable.
I am not currently accepting new patients, thank you for looking! I am licensed in NH and MA. My ideal patients are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, hallucinations, unstable mood, people who just feel like there must be more to life than what is in front of them. Sometimes we just don't know what's wrong or how to explain it-I am happy to talk to you and help you figure out what's going on and treating it with medication if applicable.
(603) 782-9691 View (603) 782-9691
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(412) 467-6410 View (412) 467-6410
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Jon Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raymond, NH 03077  (Online Only)
Finding treatment for Adult ADHD seems an impossible task. Everyone has an opinion, yet nobody understands. Leave behind the stigma, shame and judgment. With the right medication and support, you will achieve your goals. Now is the time to discover your path to progress.
Finding treatment for Adult ADHD seems an impossible task. Everyone has an opinion, yet nobody understands. Leave behind the stigma, shame and judgment. With the right medication and support, you will achieve your goals. Now is the time to discover your path to progress.
(603) 810-8103 View (603) 810-8103
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Vannessa Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Salem, NH 03079
Accepting new patients. Bethany Health Services, LLC offers telehealth psychiatric consultation and chronic disease management. We provide pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy (mental health treatment) for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Psychotic disorder, Bordering Personality Disorder and much more.
Accepting new patients. Bethany Health Services, LLC offers telehealth psychiatric consultation and chronic disease management. We provide pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy (mental health treatment) for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Psychotic disorder, Bordering Personality Disorder and much more.
(603) 945-5377 View (603) 945-5377

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rockingham County, NH

60+

Average cost per session

$189

Psychiatrists in Rockingham County, NH who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
92% Anxiety
84% Medication Management
76% Bipolar Disorder
69% ADHD
66% Sleep or Insomnia
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Cigna and Evernorth
72% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Rockingham County, NH see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rockingham County?

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.