Psychiatrists in Maple Shade, NJ

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Ernestina Archer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maple Shade, NJ 08052
I am a dual Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 13 years of healthcare experience. I attended Chamberlain University, where I received my Degree In Family Nurse Practitioner, and was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Foundation of the Phi Pi Chapter in 2017. I also went ahead and graduated with my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023, with the zeal to help with the Mental Health and addiction crisis in the world now. I have worked in diverse fields while on the journey to complete my academic achievements.
I am a dual Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 13 years of healthcare experience. I attended Chamberlain University, where I received my Degree In Family Nurse Practitioner, and was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Foundation of the Phi Pi Chapter in 2017. I also went ahead and graduated with my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023, with the zeal to help with the Mental Health and addiction crisis in the world now. I have worked in diverse fields while on the journey to complete my academic achievements.
(856) 636-4116 View (856) 636-4116
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Alexander Kwon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Maple Shade, NJ 08052
I attended medical school in South Korea and moved to the US after graduation. I was involved in research for new treatment options for brain tumors in Radiation Oncology. After years of research, I decided to pursue psychiatry with the vision of a more holistic approach to mental health care rather than just focusing on the pathology of the human brain. I take a comprehensive approach to understand each individual's physical, mental, and social issues. I highly value the importance of psychopharmacology combined with psychotherapy and psychoanalytic assessment.
I attended medical school in South Korea and moved to the US after graduation. I was involved in research for new treatment options for brain tumors in Radiation Oncology. After years of research, I decided to pursue psychiatry with the vision of a more holistic approach to mental health care rather than just focusing on the pathology of the human brain. I take a comprehensive approach to understand each individual's physical, mental, and social issues. I highly value the importance of psychopharmacology combined with psychotherapy and psychoanalytic assessment.
(609) 891-3157 View (609) 891-3157
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Yvonne Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Yvonne Lee is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in New Jersey. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from Regis University and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her previous experience includes Jefferson Health's Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program for children and adolescents, and outpatient medication management for adolescents and adults.
Yvonne Lee is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in New Jersey. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from Regis University and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her previous experience includes Jefferson Health's Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program for children and adolescents, and outpatient medication management for adolescents and adults.
(609) 354-7445 View (609) 354-7445
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Nick Daddario
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Nick Daddario, PMHNP Nick Daddario is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2022. Nick has gained experience working in outpatient psychiatric medication management. He firmly believes in the collaborative process. Nick wants to listen to your story, and wants you to have a voice in your care. Patients are encouraged to be curious and to ask questions. Cohesively, a treatment plan will be developed that is individualized to each patient's needs and preferences. This will include a combination of therapeutic modalities and psychopharmacology.
Nick Daddario, PMHNP Nick Daddario is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2022. Nick has gained experience working in outpatient psychiatric medication management. He firmly believes in the collaborative process. Nick wants to listen to your story, and wants you to have a voice in your care. Patients are encouraged to be curious and to ask questions. Cohesively, a treatment plan will be developed that is individualized to each patient's needs and preferences. This will include a combination of therapeutic modalities and psychopharmacology.
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Greg Salmon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Moorestown, NJ 08057  (Online Only)
I have been a broad certifying psychiatric nurse practitioner for 12 years. I specialize in the Psychiatric treatment of adolescents, adults, and some elderly patients. I provide psych evaluations and medication management of all mental illnesses. I have an extensive background in hospital care that takes into account any co-occurring medical illness. Also, I am a compassionate provider who helps patients in their time of need in a comforting manner.
I have been a broad certifying psychiatric nurse practitioner for 12 years. I specialize in the Psychiatric treatment of adolescents, adults, and some elderly patients. I provide psych evaluations and medication management of all mental illnesses. I have an extensive background in hospital care that takes into account any co-occurring medical illness. Also, I am a compassionate provider who helps patients in their time of need in a comforting manner.
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Psychiatric and Recovery Services
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
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Margaret Harbison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
After graduating with a Degree in Psychology from Georgetown University, I received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. I began my career as Director of St. Mary's a facility for abused and neglected children/adolescents. I returned to The Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed my internship/residency at Pennsylvania Hospital/Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. Served as a consultant to the Renfrew Center an eating disorder and women's mental health facility. As Director of Medical Education at Crozer-Chester Hospital I have taught medical students and residents. In practice for 20 years, I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist.
After graduating with a Degree in Psychology from Georgetown University, I received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. I began my career as Director of St. Mary's a facility for abused and neglected children/adolescents. I returned to The Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed my internship/residency at Pennsylvania Hospital/Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. Served as a consultant to the Renfrew Center an eating disorder and women's mental health facility. As Director of Medical Education at Crozer-Chester Hospital I have taught medical students and residents. In practice for 20 years, I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist.
(856) 983-3866 x3015 View (856) 983-3866 x3015
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Inspired Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, ANP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Inspired Healthcare Services LLC is a behavioral healthcare provider based in New Jersey. We will make sure that every person who taps our professional help will always be one step closer to their goals for behavioral well-being. Our help doesn’t just end after our clients’ sessions with our practitioners. We go beyond that to secure our clients’ behavioral health. OUR VALUES: are the set of core beliefs that guide our actions and behavior. We live by our values. They influence the way we treat our patients and clients. We value the dignity of those we serve and always treat them with respect and compassion.
Inspired Healthcare Services LLC is a behavioral healthcare provider based in New Jersey. We will make sure that every person who taps our professional help will always be one step closer to their goals for behavioral well-being. Our help doesn’t just end after our clients’ sessions with our practitioners. We go beyond that to secure our clients’ behavioral health. OUR VALUES: are the set of core beliefs that guide our actions and behavior. We live by our values. They influence the way we treat our patients and clients. We value the dignity of those we serve and always treat them with respect and compassion.
(609) 795-7408 View (609) 795-7408
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Daniel P Mirro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Moorestown, NJ 08057
I am a highly trained, board-certified psychiatrist with more than thirty five years of experience in integrated treatment in all forms of psychiatric problems. My skills include adolescent and adult psychiatry, hypnotherapy, group therapy, marital and family therapy, and psychopharmacology. In today's mental health market, almost all professionals either practice psychotherapy (social workers or psychologists) or prescribe medication (psychiatrists). I am one of the very few providers of combined intensive psychotherpay and psychopharmacology.
I am a highly trained, board-certified psychiatrist with more than thirty five years of experience in integrated treatment in all forms of psychiatric problems. My skills include adolescent and adult psychiatry, hypnotherapy, group therapy, marital and family therapy, and psychopharmacology. In today's mental health market, almost all professionals either practice psychotherapy (social workers or psychologists) or prescribe medication (psychiatrists). I am one of the very few providers of combined intensive psychotherpay and psychopharmacology.
(856) 758-2688 View (856) 758-2688
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Dr. Emily Liberatore-Maguire
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Dr. Maguire is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist at Haddonfield Psychiatry & Therapy, licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Maguire is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist at Haddonfield Psychiatry & Therapy, licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
(609) 245-5107 View (609) 245-5107
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moorestown, NJ 08057
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.
(856) 925-7203 View (856) 925-7203
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Moorestown, NJ 08057
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.
(856) 658-1837 View (856) 658-1837
Kelly Reid
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Not accepting new clients
I have over 30 years experience helping people with feelings such as anxiety, depression, panic or other troubling feelings. Whether one is dealing with a relationship issue, work issue, self-esteem issue, or life change issue, working in the privacy of a confidential setting, allows for the free expression of feelings. Gaining a better understanding of feelings, can often lead to insights that help resolve issues or underlying conflicts. Sometimes problems are more situational or short-term, and I work to help in those circumstances also.
I have over 30 years experience helping people with feelings such as anxiety, depression, panic or other troubling feelings. Whether one is dealing with a relationship issue, work issue, self-esteem issue, or life change issue, working in the privacy of a confidential setting, allows for the free expression of feelings. Gaining a better understanding of feelings, can often lead to insights that help resolve issues or underlying conflicts. Sometimes problems are more situational or short-term, and I work to help in those circumstances also.
(609) 910-4708 View (609) 910-4708
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Dr. Alexandra Rowan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Moorestown, NJ 08057  (Online Only)
Currently offering medication management and evaluations. Dr. Alexandra Rowan, D.O. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. Select insurances are accepted (listed below), otherwise, payment is out of pocket but you may be able to receive reimbursement from your insurance. All appointments are via telehealth for patients who are physically located at the time of their appointment in either NJ or PA
Currently offering medication management and evaluations. Dr. Alexandra Rowan, D.O. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. Select insurances are accepted (listed below), otherwise, payment is out of pocket but you may be able to receive reimbursement from your insurance. All appointments are via telehealth for patients who are physically located at the time of their appointment in either NJ or PA
(856) 651-6868 View (856) 651-6868
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Andrea Papa (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Moorestown, NJ 08057
I am a Psychiatrist with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatrist with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
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KAL Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, PMHNP-BC, owner/founder of KAL Behavioral Health Inc. I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, PMHNP-BC, owner/founder of KAL Behavioral Health Inc. I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
(856) 644-1897 View (856) 644-1897
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Synapse Integrative Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
We specialize in the treatment of depression and other disorders including bipolar, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, schizophrenia, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorders (DMDD), substance use, etc. Our expertise is in treating patients with depression, especially Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), with a thorough diagnostic evaluation, neuropsychological testing, pharmacogenomic testing and using a range of treatment modalities, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and FDA approved medications for TRD including Spravato. We treat children and adults of all ages.
We specialize in the treatment of depression and other disorders including bipolar, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, schizophrenia, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorders (DMDD), substance use, etc. Our expertise is in treating patients with depression, especially Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), with a thorough diagnostic evaluation, neuropsychological testing, pharmacogenomic testing and using a range of treatment modalities, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and FDA approved medications for TRD including Spravato. We treat children and adults of all ages.
(833) 325-0351 View (833) 325-0351
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RIMU health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
At RIMU Health we acknowledge the pandemic has greatly impacted mental and general health of our society. We strive to address these challenges by making mental and general health care easily accessible through tele health or tele medicine on our HIPPA compliant Platform. Our services are easily accessible on a computers, smartphones or tablets.
At RIMU Health we acknowledge the pandemic has greatly impacted mental and general health of our society. We strive to address these challenges by making mental and general health care easily accessible through tele health or tele medicine on our HIPPA compliant Platform. Our services are easily accessible on a computers, smartphones or tablets.
(609) 451-1960 View (609) 451-1960
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Positive Beginnings
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Dr. Jamal Mahmud is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his residency training from Drexel University College of Medicine where he served as Chief Resident. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Drexel Iniversity/tower health. He is well-published in local and international journals.
Dr. Jamal Mahmud is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his residency training from Drexel University College of Medicine where he served as Chief Resident. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Drexel Iniversity/tower health. He is well-published in local and international journals.
(856) 644-3052 View (856) 644-3052
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Reflections Behavioral Health - Eronmwon Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Moorestown, NJ 08057
As a Licensed Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with eight years of nursing experience, my background encompasses critical care and behavioral health. I have acquired extensive expertise in treating individuals with psychiatric disorders across diverse age groups and cultural demographics. My specialization lies in addressing a spectrum of mental health conditions, with a particular focus on diagnosing and treating mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, OCD, depression, personality disorders, and schizophrenia.
As a Licensed Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with eight years of nursing experience, my background encompasses critical care and behavioral health. I have acquired extensive expertise in treating individuals with psychiatric disorders across diverse age groups and cultural demographics. My specialization lies in addressing a spectrum of mental health conditions, with a particular focus on diagnosing and treating mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, OCD, depression, personality disorders, and schizophrenia.
(856) 895-2159 View (856) 895-2159

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Number of Psychiatrists in Maple Shade, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Maple Shade, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
75% Grief

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
33% BlueCross and BlueShield
33% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Maple Shade, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Maple Shade?

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.