Psychiatrists in New Middletown, OH

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Ashleigh Noel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
New Middletown, OH 44442
I started my career in health care as a Medic in the United States Army. After serving and honorably discharged, I pursued my education as a nurse first obtaining my Associates Degree as a Registered Nurse and then my Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree. I worked on Psychiatric and Acute Care units in the hospital setting for 6 years. Throughout that time, I obtained a Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner followed by a Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing Degree as a Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
I started my career in health care as a Medic in the United States Army. After serving and honorably discharged, I pursued my education as a nurse first obtaining my Associates Degree as a Registered Nurse and then my Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree. I worked on Psychiatric and Acute Care units in the hospital setting for 6 years. Throughout that time, I obtained a Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner followed by a Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing Degree as a Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
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Restore Compassionate Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Youngstown, OH 44512
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Kassandra Kornbau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Canfield, OH 44406
I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018, and I am dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by ANCC. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship with you to understand your unique story and provide individualized treatment through evidence-based practices. My clinical interests include, but are not limited to, the following: attention deficit disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, depressive disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, binge eating disorder, and mood disorders.
I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018, and I am dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by ANCC. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship with you to understand your unique story and provide individualized treatment through evidence-based practices. My clinical interests include, but are not limited to, the following: attention deficit disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, depressive disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, binge eating disorder, and mood disorders.
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Gerald Makobong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Youngstown, OH 44512
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
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Jennifer Fusco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boardman, OH 44512
Jennifer Fusco is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She sees children (6 years and older), adolescents and adults for psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis and medication management. Her specializations include ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Binge Eating Disorder and more. She also has experience providing psychiatric treatment for individuals who have substance use disorders. She has been a practitioner since 2017 and has over 10 years of professional mental health experience.
Jennifer Fusco is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She sees children (6 years and older), adolescents and adults for psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis and medication management. Her specializations include ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Binge Eating Disorder and more. She also has experience providing psychiatric treatment for individuals who have substance use disorders. She has been a practitioner since 2017 and has over 10 years of professional mental health experience.
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Loren Jason Louk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Canfield, OH 44406
My goal is to provide the best mental health care possible. I accomplish this by being thorough and accurate in assessment, and diagnosis while providing an exceptional level of empathy and compassion. Accepting all major insurances. For self pay clients my fees for an evaluation is $300.00; for a medication/follow up appointment the fee is $125. For clinical hypnosis it is a self pay fee of $250 for 3 sessions. Clients are permitted to record the final session
My goal is to provide the best mental health care possible. I accomplish this by being thorough and accurate in assessment, and diagnosis while providing an exceptional level of empathy and compassion. Accepting all major insurances. For self pay clients my fees for an evaluation is $300.00; for a medication/follow up appointment the fee is $125. For clinical hypnosis it is a self pay fee of $250 for 3 sessions. Clients are permitted to record the final session
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Shannon Milliken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Canfield, OH 44406
Throughout my 20 year career in healthcare I have come to appreciate that patients desire a healthcare provider that listens to their needs, validates their message and understands their concerns. I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In my practice I strive to have a therapeutic alliance with all my patients. I believe that the patient is a vital member of the health care team and a key component of creating a patient plan of care that is patient focused and patient centered.
Throughout my 20 year career in healthcare I have come to appreciate that patients desire a healthcare provider that listens to their needs, validates their message and understands their concerns. I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In my practice I strive to have a therapeutic alliance with all my patients. I believe that the patient is a vital member of the health care team and a key component of creating a patient plan of care that is patient focused and patient centered.
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Claire Ellerbrock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Youngstown, OH 44512  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
You've had side effects from medications, tried multiple medications that haven’t worked and you're apprehensive about trying again. Or maybe you've never been on medications and are worried about what it means to be on medications for your mental health. I help clients integrate medications that work with your life and the tools to move towards greater wellness. You want to be the mentally healthiest version of yourself. You'd like your life to look different from the current life you live. It's frustrating that you put in the effort but still feel stuck and dissatisfied.
You've had side effects from medications, tried multiple medications that haven’t worked and you're apprehensive about trying again. Or maybe you've never been on medications and are worried about what it means to be on medications for your mental health. I help clients integrate medications that work with your life and the tools to move towards greater wellness. You want to be the mentally healthiest version of yourself. You'd like your life to look different from the current life you live. It's frustrating that you put in the effort but still feel stuck and dissatisfied.
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Rachel Boley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boardman, OH 44512
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 6 years of nursing experience in the outpatient mental health setting and one year of nursing experience in the substance abuse setting. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health service to adolescents and adults. My ultimate goal is for my patient’s to feel empowered to treat their mental illness and reduce mental health and addiction stigma through a supportive and safe environment.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 6 years of nursing experience in the outpatient mental health setting and one year of nursing experience in the substance abuse setting. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health service to adolescents and adults. My ultimate goal is for my patient’s to feel empowered to treat their mental illness and reduce mental health and addiction stigma through a supportive and safe environment.
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Steven Gatte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44109
Steven Gatte I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about supporting my clients through challenges to experience healing and growth. I specialize in Psychiatry as well as addiction. I have a wide variety of experience within psychiatry including but not limited to bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD to name a few. I also have numerous years of experience in the field of addiction including but not limited to marijuana use, opioid use, cocaine use, alcohol use, methamphetamine use, benzodiazepine use disorders to name a few.
Steven Gatte I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about supporting my clients through challenges to experience healing and growth. I specialize in Psychiatry as well as addiction. I have a wide variety of experience within psychiatry including but not limited to bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD to name a few. I also have numerous years of experience in the field of addiction including but not limited to marijuana use, opioid use, cocaine use, alcohol use, methamphetamine use, benzodiazepine use disorders to name a few.
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Joy J King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Independence, OH 44131
I am accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Primary Care and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. I am a Cleveland native who completed my Undergraduate at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, before returning home to complete my Master's Degree at Ursuline College in Lyndhurst, Ohio. I am comfortable working with a range of ages, from adolescents to geriatrics (13+). While I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses.
I am accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Primary Care and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. I am a Cleveland native who completed my Undergraduate at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, before returning home to complete my Master's Degree at Ursuline College in Lyndhurst, Ohio. I am comfortable working with a range of ages, from adolescents to geriatrics (13+). While I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses.
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Kristen Manrodt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westlake, OH 44145
Waitlist for new clients
As a prescriber, my goal is to help you achieve your BEST life. Sometimes medication is needed to meet this goal and create a balance within your brain chemistry. I always start medication at a low dose and increase slowly to prevent any unwanted side effects. I have learned that clients tend to continue medication regimens when this way of prescribing is followed.
As a prescriber, my goal is to help you achieve your BEST life. Sometimes medication is needed to meet this goal and create a balance within your brain chemistry. I always start medication at a low dose and increase slowly to prevent any unwanted side effects. I have learned that clients tend to continue medication regimens when this way of prescribing is followed.
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Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, OH 44107  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
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Kara Forte-Sullen PMHNP - Seasons Of Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Highland Heights, OH 44143  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Kara! I am currently accepting new patients in Ohio seeking telehealth visits. Are you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or even skeptical about Mental Health care? Are you ready to open up about the emotional pain you are experiencing? I believe open communication and active listening are crucial to understanding a persons struggles and making a accurate diagnosis. I collaborate closely with my patients, crafting personalized treatment plans that incorporate therapy, medication, or a blend of both, tailored to their needs. My goal is to help you become your best self. Let's accomplish this as a team together!
Hello, I'm Kara! I am currently accepting new patients in Ohio seeking telehealth visits. Are you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or even skeptical about Mental Health care? Are you ready to open up about the emotional pain you are experiencing? I believe open communication and active listening are crucial to understanding a persons struggles and making a accurate diagnosis. I collaborate closely with my patients, crafting personalized treatment plans that incorporate therapy, medication, or a blend of both, tailored to their needs. My goal is to help you become your best self. Let's accomplish this as a team together!
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Steve Pessefall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brecksville, OH 44141
Steve is Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (CNP) with a focus on providing treatment for a broad-spectrum of mental health disorders. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing Degree from The University of Akron and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has experience in inpatient, outpatient, as well as community mental health settings as a Nurse Practitioner and over 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in psychiatric / behavioral health hospitals. Steve has also earned his credential for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) from The University of Maryland.
Steve is Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (CNP) with a focus on providing treatment for a broad-spectrum of mental health disorders. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing Degree from The University of Akron and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has experience in inpatient, outpatient, as well as community mental health settings as a Nurse Practitioner and over 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in psychiatric / behavioral health hospitals. Steve has also earned his credential for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) from The University of Maryland.
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Jessica Huffman
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
Jessica Huffman is a dual certified nurse practitioner. Initially, Jessica graduated from Wright State University and worked years as an intensive care nurse. In 2014, she graduated from Kent State with a post graduate degree as an adult- geriatric primary care CNP working inpatient at University Hospitals. Later, Jessica, returned to schooling to specialize in mental health and addiction. Upholding two graduate degrees has allowed Jessica to provide integrative and holistic care. She hold a national certification with both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Jessica Huffman is a dual certified nurse practitioner. Initially, Jessica graduated from Wright State University and worked years as an intensive care nurse. In 2014, she graduated from Kent State with a post graduate degree as an adult- geriatric primary care CNP working inpatient at University Hospitals. Later, Jessica, returned to schooling to specialize in mental health and addiction. Upholding two graduate degrees has allowed Jessica to provide integrative and holistic care. She hold a national certification with both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
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.
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Stacy Horvath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Warren, OH 44484
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management. I am here to work with you to find the best treatment plan to manage those symptoms that are interfering with your life. We work together as team to make decisions that are informed and beneficial to your individual needs. My goal is to create a space that is supportive and free from judgment. I believe every single person deserves compassionate and comprehensive care.
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management. I am here to work with you to find the best treatment plan to manage those symptoms that are interfering with your life. We work together as team to make decisions that are informed and beneficial to your individual needs. My goal is to create a space that is supportive and free from judgment. I believe every single person deserves compassionate and comprehensive care.
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Rachel Krakora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Medina, OH 44256
Your mental health matters, feel empowered with options. Rachel works for ARC Psychiatry which offers innovative and holistic care in addition to medication management and therapy. Her goal is helping clients improve their quality of life with a plan that works for them. Rachel graduated cum laude with her Bachelor’s in nursing from Cleveland State University. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University as nurse practitioner while working in psychiatric inpatient healthcare.
Your mental health matters, feel empowered with options. Rachel works for ARC Psychiatry which offers innovative and holistic care in addition to medication management and therapy. Her goal is helping clients improve their quality of life with a plan that works for them. Rachel graduated cum laude with her Bachelor’s in nursing from Cleveland State University. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University as nurse practitioner while working in psychiatric inpatient healthcare.
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Julie Stone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake, OH 44145
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in treating patients with mental health conditions. She has worked in community mental health settings, private practice settings, corrections, and addiction medicine. She obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing from Kent State University and currently teaches up and coming Psych NP's for 2 universities.
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in treating patients with mental health conditions. She has worked in community mental health settings, private practice settings, corrections, and addiction medicine. She obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing from Kent State University and currently teaches up and coming Psych NP's for 2 universities.
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100% Dissociative Disorders (DID)

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New Middletown?

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.