Psychiatrists in Hamilton, NJ

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Tonnesha Kidd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APN
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08691  (Online Only)
Every client is unique in their mental health needs. I strive to provide holistic care, and treatment plan geared at improving the overall mental health well being of all clients across the lifespan.
Every client is unique in their mental health needs. I strive to provide holistic care, and treatment plan geared at improving the overall mental health well being of all clients across the lifespan.
(609) 201-3805 View (609) 201-3805
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Edwin Bonilla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08610
I'm a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of experience in the healthcare field. I offer medication management for a variety of mental health conditions in adults ages 18+, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and more. I work with clients across the lifespan in developing a collaborative relationship to improve their mental health symptoms. I’m currently Accepting new patients for both in-person and telehealth appointments and will work with you in developing a plan towards managing and improving their mental health.
I'm a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of experience in the healthcare field. I offer medication management for a variety of mental health conditions in adults ages 18+, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and more. I work with clients across the lifespan in developing a collaborative relationship to improve their mental health symptoms. I’m currently Accepting new patients for both in-person and telehealth appointments and will work with you in developing a plan towards managing and improving their mental health.
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Chioma G Obiukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08610
As a doctorate prepared certified psychiatric nurse practicioner, my goal is to provide individualized and client-focused care utilizing a psychosocial and holistic approach to vesture stability and improve my client's condition. I am compassionate, personable, empathetic and very patient. I will work with the individual patient to help them reach their goal. My treatment plans include initial comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and counseling/psychotherapy.
As a doctorate prepared certified psychiatric nurse practicioner, my goal is to provide individualized and client-focused care utilizing a psychosocial and holistic approach to vesture stability and improve my client's condition. I am compassionate, personable, empathetic and very patient. I will work with the individual patient to help them reach their goal. My treatment plans include initial comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and counseling/psychotherapy.
(609) 400-4627 View (609) 400-4627
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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08610
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) 853-5308 View (609) 853-5308
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08610
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) 913-2970 View (609) 913-2970
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K Mental Wellness LLC /
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08691  (Online Only)
Start your journey to mental wellness today at K Mental Wellness if you are struggling with challenging mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, mood swings & much more. Dr. Harriet Asamoah, a doctorate prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at K Mental Wellness is ready to assist you to reach your mental wellness potential using evidence-based treatment approaches and patient centered care. A HIPPA compliant telehealth platform is used to provide mental health services to clients in the comfort of their homes to increase access to care. Telehealth require access to a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Start your journey to mental wellness today at K Mental Wellness if you are struggling with challenging mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, mood swings & much more. Dr. Harriet Asamoah, a doctorate prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at K Mental Wellness is ready to assist you to reach your mental wellness potential using evidence-based treatment approaches and patient centered care. A HIPPA compliant telehealth platform is used to provide mental health services to clients in the comfort of their homes to increase access to care. Telehealth require access to a smartphone, tablet or computer.
(609) 766-0853 View (609) 766-0853
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08610
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(609) 834-4221 View (609) 834-4221
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Ursula Nonyerem Odimara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, NJ 08691  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with mental health symptoms, Healthy Mind is a safe place to start your mental health journey. Dr. Ursula Odimara is doctorate prepared ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and is a graduate of LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pa. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, this gives her the knowledge and experience to treat each patient with individualized holistic approach. She has a broad experience in dealing with diagnosis such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, mood disorders and much more.
If you are struggling with mental health symptoms, Healthy Mind is a safe place to start your mental health journey. Dr. Ursula Odimara is doctorate prepared ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and is a graduate of LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pa. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, this gives her the knowledge and experience to treat each patient with individualized holistic approach. She has a broad experience in dealing with diagnosis such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, mood disorders and much more.
(609) 710-9716 View (609) 710-9716
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08610
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(609) 834-4326 View (609) 834-4326
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Ngozi Nkemka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, NJ 08691
I can't say that I have an ideal client, as every client presents with their own unique set of strengths and challenges. Therefore, my goal is not just to help my clients deal with their mental health issues. I provide an environment where they can restore and maintain a healthy state of mind. Graduating from Monmouth University, I have more than 18 years of healthcare and nursing experience. I bring empathy, an easygoing communication style, and sense of humor, making it easy for me to talk to patients and family members.
I can't say that I have an ideal client, as every client presents with their own unique set of strengths and challenges. Therefore, my goal is not just to help my clients deal with their mental health issues. I provide an environment where they can restore and maintain a healthy state of mind. Graduating from Monmouth University, I have more than 18 years of healthcare and nursing experience. I bring empathy, an easygoing communication style, and sense of humor, making it easy for me to talk to patients and family members.
(609) 757-8364 View (609) 757-8364
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Shandel Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-BC, MAT-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08610
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
(609) 469-3397 View (609) 469-3397
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08610
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(609) 849-3639 View (609) 849-3639
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LACKA Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08691
Dr. Loretta Oguonu, is a board-certified doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I maintain LACKA Behavioral Health, a private owned practice which specializes in the treatment of younger adults and older adults with a broad range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, impulsivity, and many more. I have 16 years’ experience as a nurse in mental health disorders and has been treating younger adults and older adults as a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner for 8 years.
Dr. Loretta Oguonu, is a board-certified doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I maintain LACKA Behavioral Health, a private owned practice which specializes in the treatment of younger adults and older adults with a broad range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, impulsivity, and many more. I have 16 years’ experience as a nurse in mental health disorders and has been treating younger adults and older adults as a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner for 8 years.
(609) 445-3794 View (609) 445-3794
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Anderson Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, AGPC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, NJ 08690  (Online Only)
We provide quality care for your total self. We are committed and dedicated to serving you and take pride in our client centered approach. From challenges with depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, and several other conditions, we can help you to become the best version of yourself. We value your opinion and concern for your treatment and are always willing to educate and listen to your concerns and needs. We treat all ages across the life span from children to older adults.
We provide quality care for your total self. We are committed and dedicated to serving you and take pride in our client centered approach. From challenges with depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, and several other conditions, we can help you to become the best version of yourself. We value your opinion and concern for your treatment and are always willing to educate and listen to your concerns and needs. We treat all ages across the life span from children to older adults.
(856) 502-1085 View (856) 502-1085
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Hatice Yilmaz
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, NJ 08619
We specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a board certified Child, Adolescent, & Adult psychiatrist, our team at Depression Doctors utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research in treating your depression. At our center, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms did not improve with multiple antidepressants or combinations. Two cutting edge treatments for though-to-treat major depression are remarkably successful: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
We specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a board certified Child, Adolescent, & Adult psychiatrist, our team at Depression Doctors utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research in treating your depression. At our center, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms did not improve with multiple antidepressants or combinations. Two cutting edge treatments for though-to-treat major depression are remarkably successful: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
(856) 861-6370 View (856) 861-6370
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Norbert Csordas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Every individual is entitled to experience an optimal life, a journey that occasionally necessitates assistance. My aim is to establish relationships based on trust and empathy with both patients and their loved ones, enhancing the treatment of various mental health issues through a comprehensive approach that includes therapy, medication, and innovative therapies. Offering professional, evidence-based solutions for a wide array of psychiatric disorders like anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and schizophrenia, opting to collaborate with our team for treatment-resistant depression could unlock access to pioneering options like TMS and Spravato.
Every individual is entitled to experience an optimal life, a journey that occasionally necessitates assistance. My aim is to establish relationships based on trust and empathy with both patients and their loved ones, enhancing the treatment of various mental health issues through a comprehensive approach that includes therapy, medication, and innovative therapies. Offering professional, evidence-based solutions for a wide array of psychiatric disorders like anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and schizophrenia, opting to collaborate with our team for treatment-resistant depression could unlock access to pioneering options like TMS and Spravato.
(609) 554-1388 View (609) 554-1388
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
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) 834-3181 View (609) 834-3181
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Kimberlee Renee Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, , CRNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, NJ 08611
In my capacity as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my profound empathy propels my dedication to comprehending and aiding individuals navigating mental health obstacles. I approach each individual with empathy, fostering a therapeutic connection to facilitate healing and overall wellness.
In my capacity as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my profound empathy propels my dedication to comprehending and aiding individuals navigating mental health obstacles. I approach each individual with empathy, fostering a therapeutic connection to facilitate healing and overall wellness.
(609) 739-7482 View (609) 739-7482
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(609) 614-3232 View (609) 614-3232
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Shandel Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-BC, MAT-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
(609) 293-5084 View (609) 293-5084

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hamilton, NJ

30+

Average cost per session

$260

Psychiatrists in Hamilton, NJ who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
78% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
69% ADHD
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
96% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Hamilton, NJ see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hamilton?

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.