Psychiatrists in Mount Laurel, NJ

Photo of Edena Walden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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.
(856) 517-5342 View (856) 517-5342
Photo of Andrea Papa (adolescent/teen specialist), Psychiatrist in Mount Laurel, NJ
Andrea Papa (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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.
(856) 895-2506 View (856) 895-2506
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Alyssa N Killion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
48 Endorsed
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  (Online Only)
Embarking on this journey takes courage; commend yourself for taking the first step! As a seasoned board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring over 12 years of prescribing experience across diverse settings (17 years total in nursing). My practice spans inpatient, outpatient, and private settings, offering a comprehensive understanding of mental health care needs. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality traits, and substance abuse concerns.
Embarking on this journey takes courage; commend yourself for taking the first step! As a seasoned board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring over 12 years of prescribing experience across diverse settings (17 years total in nursing). My practice spans inpatient, outpatient, and private settings, offering a comprehensive understanding of mental health care needs. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality traits, and substance abuse concerns.
(856) 372-1819 View (856) 372-1819
Photo of Melissa Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Melissa Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I believe everyone deserves to experience a full life by developing the right tools and building supportive relationships to manage anything that comes their way.
I believe everyone deserves to experience a full life by developing the right tools and building supportive relationships to manage anything that comes their way.
(856) 245-2456 x856639 View (856) 245-2456 x856639
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Victory Bay Recovery Center - Detox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Victory Bay offers a variety of client-centered programs treating Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. We help our clients successfully detox from drugs and alcohol in a comfortable inpatient or outpatient setting. Accommodations will be made for 24 hour staffing and clients will be cared for by licensed staff including Psychiatrists, APN, RN, etc. Detox is an individualized process, and we have found that a holistic approach is ideal when trying to successfully treat substance use disorder.
Victory Bay offers a variety of client-centered programs treating Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. We help our clients successfully detox from drugs and alcohol in a comfortable inpatient or outpatient setting. Accommodations will be made for 24 hour staffing and clients will be cared for by licensed staff including Psychiatrists, APN, RN, etc. Detox is an individualized process, and we have found that a holistic approach is ideal when trying to successfully treat substance use disorder.
(856) 556-3549 View (856) 556-3549
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Nick Daddario
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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.
(609) 849-3160 View (609) 849-3160
Photo of Shannon Bucciarelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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
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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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.
(856) 699-2858 View (856) 699-2858
Photo of Edward Baruch, Psychiatrist in Mount Laurel, NJ
Edward Baruch
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
I am Chief Psychiatrist at PASSNJ, Psychiatric and Addiction Services of Southern New Jersey. My staff and I provide traditional psychiatric care, evaluations, medication monitoring, and therapy for psychiatric patients as well as addicted, substance abusing individuals. Our goal has always been to use the best, safest and most cost effective treatments in order to get people back to their lives as quickly as possible. Some of the psychiatric conditions that we treat are agoraphobia, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, opiate addiction and other substance abuse.
I am Chief Psychiatrist at PASSNJ, Psychiatric and Addiction Services of Southern New Jersey. My staff and I provide traditional psychiatric care, evaluations, medication monitoring, and therapy for psychiatric patients as well as addicted, substance abusing individuals. Our goal has always been to use the best, safest and most cost effective treatments in order to get people back to their lives as quickly as possible. Some of the psychiatric conditions that we treat are agoraphobia, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, opiate addiction and other substance abuse.
(856) 291-5051 View (856) 291-5051
Photo of Yvonne Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Yvonne Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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
Photo of Shandel Douglas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Shandel Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-BC, MAT-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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.
(856) 934-5666 View (856) 934-5666
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Robert S. Randolph
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Not accepting new clients
NOTE: NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Randolph is a psychiatrist with 25 years of experience and specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, and Schizophrenia. He is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School (formerly UMDNJ). Dr. Randolph completed his psychiatric internship and residency at Rutgers-Newark and his fellowship at Rutgers-Piscataway where he now serves as lead physician on their child and adolescent inpatient unit.
NOTE: NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Randolph is a psychiatrist with 25 years of experience and specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, and Schizophrenia. He is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School (formerly UMDNJ). Dr. Randolph completed his psychiatric internship and residency at Rutgers-Newark and his fellowship at Rutgers-Piscataway where he now serves as lead physician on their child and adolescent inpatient unit.
(856) 359-4472 View (856) 359-4472
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Alexander Kwon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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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Victory Bay Recovery Center - Detox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Victory Bay offers a variety of client-centered programs treating Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. We help our clients successfully detox from drugs and alcohol in a comfortable inpatient or outpatient setting. Accommodations will be made for 24 hour staffing and clients will be cared for by licensed staff including Psychiatrists, APN, RN, etc. Detox is an individualized process, and we have found that a holistic approach is ideal when trying to successfully treat substance use disorder.
Victory Bay offers a variety of client-centered programs treating Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. We help our clients successfully detox from drugs and alcohol in a comfortable inpatient or outpatient setting. Accommodations will be made for 24 hour staffing and clients will be cared for by licensed staff including Psychiatrists, APN, RN, etc. Detox is an individualized process, and we have found that a holistic approach is ideal when trying to successfully treat substance use disorder.
(856) 746-4080 View (856) 746-4080
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Kimberlee Renee Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, , CRNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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
Photo of Kevin William Keane, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Kevin William Keane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
I specialize in treating a vast range of mental health conditions including but not limited to ADHD, depression and anxiety. I welcome clients that have never sought treatment, on the fence about treatment of mental health, those who are looking to seek care again and or looking for another provider. I look to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients in order to help address their needs to improve their level of mental health and overall quality of life. I want to help my clients live a life where their mental health is not a barrier and are able to reach their goals that they set.
I specialize in treating a vast range of mental health conditions including but not limited to ADHD, depression and anxiety. I welcome clients that have never sought treatment, on the fence about treatment of mental health, those who are looking to seek care again and or looking for another provider. I look to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients in order to help address their needs to improve their level of mental health and overall quality of life. I want to help my clients live a life where their mental health is not a barrier and are able to reach their goals that they set.
(609) 554-1282 View (609) 554-1282
Photo of Gabriel Essilfie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Gabriel Essilfie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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.
(856) 422-3516 View (856) 422-3516
Photo of Amanda Guarnere, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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
Photo of Meghann Alcala, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Meghann Alcala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
21 Endorsed
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  (Online Only)
I am passionate about providing quality, comprehensive, and compassionate patient-centered care. A facet of my therapy style that I take pride in is treating the person as a whole. Past experiences have given me training geared towards utilizing individualized approaches to further assist diverse populations in coping with personal obstacles through psychiatric evaluations, and medication management sessions with psychotherapy. My ultimate goal is to assist you with achieving the highest quality of life by utilizing your strengths in an environment of warmth, patience, understanding, and trust
I am passionate about providing quality, comprehensive, and compassionate patient-centered care. A facet of my therapy style that I take pride in is treating the person as a whole. Past experiences have given me training geared towards utilizing individualized approaches to further assist diverse populations in coping with personal obstacles through psychiatric evaluations, and medication management sessions with psychotherapy. My ultimate goal is to assist you with achieving the highest quality of life by utilizing your strengths in an environment of warmth, patience, understanding, and trust
(856) 372-1819 View (856) 372-1819
Photo of Ernestina Archer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Laurel, NJ
Ernestina Archer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Mount Laurel, NJ

30+

Average cost per session

$325

Psychiatrists in Mount Laurel, NJ who prioritize treating:

87% Depression
87% Anxiety
71% Medication Management
58% Bipolar Disorder
55% Trauma and PTSD
45% ADHD
45% Grief

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
85% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Mount Laurel, NJ see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mount Laurel?

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.