Psychiatrists in Brigantine, NJ

Photo of Dr. Luiza Asahme-Triolo, PsyD, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Luiza Asahme-Triolo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brigantine, NJ 08203
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or going through a challenging time? Have you trialed numerous medications without any success, and continue to have symptoms? I am Dr. Asahme-Triolo (PsyD, PMHNP-BC) the founder and CEO of Oasis Better Health, and Southern Oasis Better Health, working with clients, both children/adolescents and adults, to manage symptoms through psychopharmacology. In addition, we have therapists available in the practice, able to see child, adolescent and adult clients, for individual therapy, utilizing various therapeutic modalities, for the best fit.
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or going through a challenging time? Have you trialed numerous medications without any success, and continue to have symptoms? I am Dr. Asahme-Triolo (PsyD, PMHNP-BC) the founder and CEO of Oasis Better Health, and Southern Oasis Better Health, working with clients, both children/adolescents and adults, to manage symptoms through psychopharmacology. In addition, we have therapists available in the practice, able to see child, adolescent and adult clients, for individual therapy, utilizing various therapeutic modalities, for the best fit.
(732) 561-5605 View (732) 561-5605

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Photo of Rosalia Aguilar, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rosalia Aguilar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Margate City, NJ 08402
I focus on individual challenges and treatments are personalized to individual's needs and preferences, can incorporate psychotherapy, medications, or both. I believe change happens most easily when we do not feel judged. I aim for a warm and compassionate stance towards the challenges life brings on.
I focus on individual challenges and treatments are personalized to individual's needs and preferences, can incorporate psychotherapy, medications, or both. I believe change happens most easily when we do not feel judged. I aim for a warm and compassionate stance towards the challenges life brings on.
(848) 281-3813 View (848) 281-3813
Photo of Gabriel Essilfie, APN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Gabriel Essilfie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Margate City, NJ 08402
My ideal client would be a client who comes in ready to work on their treatment together through psychotherapy and, at times, medication management. I strive to allow the client to feel heard, spend time with the client to understand their symptoms, and provide good, competent care.
My ideal client would be a client who comes in ready to work on their treatment together through psychotherapy and, at times, medication management. I strive to allow the client to feel heard, spend time with the client to understand their symptoms, and provide good, competent care.
(609) 604-6448 View (609) 604-6448
Photo of Susan Jackson, MSN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Susan Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Susan and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Insomnia & Sleep Issues, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Susan and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Insomnia & Sleep Issues, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(862) 386-2333 View (862) 386-2333
Photo of Edena Walden, MSN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Margate City, NJ 08402
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(609) 293-5374 View (609) 293-5374
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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Margate City, NJ 08402
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
(609) 316-4904 View (609) 316-4904
Photo of Murla Ecclesiaste, PMHNP, AGNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Murla Ecclesiaste
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlantic City, NJ 08400  (Online Only)
Greetings! I am Murla Ecclesiaste, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. I am also dual certified in Adult Gerontology. I have a passion for helping others and strive to empower individuals in their journey towards mental well-being. I have over 10 years of experience managing different areas in healthcare. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment where individuals can express themselves freely. Trust, empathy and respect are the cornerstone of my practice..
Greetings! I am Murla Ecclesiaste, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. I am also dual certified in Adult Gerontology. I have a passion for helping others and strive to empower individuals in their journey towards mental well-being. I have over 10 years of experience managing different areas in healthcare. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment where individuals can express themselves freely. Trust, empathy and respect are the cornerstone of my practice..
(973) 604-4255 View (973) 604-4255
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Dr. Tony Issac
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
(609) 795-7719 View (609) 795-7719
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Lisa Carol Diamond
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlantic City, NJ 08400  (Online Only)
I treat children, adolescents, and adult patients who are looking for a psychiatrist that provides comprehensive and attentive care. I believe that to help someone, we need to know who that person is and what their individual goals are. Let's get you back to feeling like your full self!
I treat children, adolescents, and adult patients who are looking for a psychiatrist that provides comprehensive and attentive care. I believe that to help someone, we need to know who that person is and what their individual goals are. Let's get you back to feeling like your full self!
(201) 548-9968 View (201) 548-9968
Photo of Svetlana Aynbinder, PMHNP, BC, MSN, BSN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Svetlana Aynbinder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
I love working and encouraging people to be an active participants in their treatment, by offering a holistic approach to their mental health. In today's world, when so many people feel alone, depressed and anxious, I am here to provide a safe and nurturing environment so that you feel seen and heard. I offer support to patients and caregivers, assisting people going through the process of grief. By working together, we establish individual goals and steps to meet them in customized manner.
I love working and encouraging people to be an active participants in their treatment, by offering a holistic approach to their mental health. In today's world, when so many people feel alone, depressed and anxious, I am here to provide a safe and nurturing environment so that you feel seen and heard. I offer support to patients and caregivers, assisting people going through the process of grief. By working together, we establish individual goals and steps to meet them in customized manner.
(640) 201-5972 View (640) 201-5972
Photo of Darian Kopp, MSN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Darian Kopp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Darian and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Burnout, Bipolar, Chronic illness and Depression. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Darian and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Burnout, Bipolar, Chronic illness and Depression. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(862) 356-0796 View (862) 356-0796
Photo of Linda Benner - Mind Matrix, APN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mind Matrix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Galloway, NJ 08205
Mind Matrix is committed to working with people who are active participants in their treatment. We offer a holistic approach to mental health and medication management; assisting those with trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, and clients who are experiencing difficulty adjusting to change. Mind Matrix is sensitive to, and provides support to caregivers, those going through the process of grief, as well as anticipatory grief. We offer an environment that promotes integrated healthcare while encouraging people as they work towards their goals and values.
Mind Matrix is committed to working with people who are active participants in their treatment. We offer a holistic approach to mental health and medication management; assisting those with trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, and clients who are experiencing difficulty adjusting to change. Mind Matrix is sensitive to, and provides support to caregivers, those going through the process of grief, as well as anticipatory grief. We offer an environment that promotes integrated healthcare while encouraging people as they work towards their goals and values.
(609) 849-3019 View (609) 849-3019
Photo of Shannon Bucciarelli, MSN, PMHNP, B-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Margate City, NJ 08402
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(609) 473-6994 View (609) 473-6994
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Counseling & Consulting Services of North Jersey
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Atlantic City, NJ 08400
We provide the highest quality of care in prescribing mental health medications. CCSNJ is a beautiful and established facility that individualizes ALL our patients. You will have direct access to your prescriber and can contact them at any time. New medication, Side effects, text us! We are flexible to accommodate you offering Tele-health and flexible hours for treatment. The turn around time for appointments can be anywhere from 4-48 hours. We also have a staff of specialists offering comprehensive treatment if you are in need of psychotherapy ,kids, couples,or family counseling, in addition to your medication.
We provide the highest quality of care in prescribing mental health medications. CCSNJ is a beautiful and established facility that individualizes ALL our patients. You will have direct access to your prescriber and can contact them at any time. New medication, Side effects, text us! We are flexible to accommodate you offering Tele-health and flexible hours for treatment. The turn around time for appointments can be anywhere from 4-48 hours. We also have a staff of specialists offering comprehensive treatment if you are in need of psychotherapy ,kids, couples,or family counseling, in addition to your medication.
(862) 212-1197 View (862) 212-1197
Photo of Melissa Mecka, MSN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Mecka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Absecon, NJ 08201  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. I specialize in older adults 65+, middle-age life transitions, perimenopause and menopausal anxiety/depression and maternal mental health with an emphasis on individualized therapy and a holistic approach to care. I have been a board certified registered nurse for 29 years, a board certified Advanced Practice Nurse since 2000, and completed my post master’s degree in Psychiatry in 2021. Together with my colleagues at Lavender Psychiatry, I’m on a mission to create a world where feelings are felt, respected and cared for.
Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. I specialize in older adults 65+, middle-age life transitions, perimenopause and menopausal anxiety/depression and maternal mental health with an emphasis on individualized therapy and a holistic approach to care. I have been a board certified registered nurse for 29 years, a board certified Advanced Practice Nurse since 2000, and completed my post master’s degree in Psychiatry in 2021. Together with my colleagues at Lavender Psychiatry, I’m on a mission to create a world where feelings are felt, respected and cared for.
(201) 729-3861 View (201) 729-3861
Photo of Danielle Marie Trenelli, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse
Danielle Marie Trenelli
Psychiatric Nurse, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Galloway, NJ 08205  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
(551) 356-8242 View (551) 356-8242
Photo of Amanda Guarnere, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Margate City, NJ 08402
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
(609) 604-7825 View (609) 604-7825
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Margate City, NJ 08402
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(609) 891-3368 View (609) 891-3368
Photo of Amanda Nahas-Wilson, MSN, APN, AGPCNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Nahas-Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ventnor City, NJ 08406
In today's world we are constantly inundated with stressors and things that seem to make life unmanageable. We can often times feel alone, feel like no one else feels what we feel, and even worse, feel like no one would understand if they heard us express ourselves. Sometimes all we need is know that someone is there to listen, to hear us, to say, you are not alone.
In today's world we are constantly inundated with stressors and things that seem to make life unmanageable. We can often times feel alone, feel like no one else feels what we feel, and even worse, feel like no one would understand if they heard us express ourselves. Sometimes all we need is know that someone is there to listen, to hear us, to say, you are not alone.
(609) 293-4850 View (609) 293-4850
Photo of Dr. Dorothy J Nivens, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Dorothy J Nivens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Newark, NJ 07105  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner licensed and accepting new clients in NC, SC, NJ, and MD. My clinical background includes over 28 years of nursing experience in various medical platforms. I am an active Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing member. I work with the clients to develop an individualized, evidence-based care plan that prioritizes their goals. I strive to provide a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental space to help those struggling. If you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out. I have experience working with, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner licensed and accepting new clients in NC, SC, NJ, and MD. My clinical background includes over 28 years of nursing experience in various medical platforms. I am an active Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing member. I work with the clients to develop an individualized, evidence-based care plan that prioritizes their goals. I strive to provide a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental space to help those struggling. If you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out. I have experience working with, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
(856) 386-2691 View (856) 386-2691

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Number of Psychiatrists in Brigantine, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Brigantine, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Emotional Disturbance
100% Medication Management

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in Brigantine, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brigantine?

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.