Psychiatrists in North Jackson, OH

Photo of Melissa Novits, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Jackson, OH
Melissa Novits
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Jackson, OH 44451
Do you find yourself saying things like "Iam mentally exhausted, I have no motivation, Iam overwhelmed, my brain won't shut off, Iam not good enough? My name is Melissa. I too have these feelings from time to time. Life is interesting and often unfair. Let me help you tackle these negative emotions and unwanted feelings and together we can develop a sound treatment plan to get through the day-to-day obstacles of life. I love helping people help and themselves. I strive to help provide empowerment and the tools to motivate the body and mind. My goal is to help you focus on Mental Wellness verses Mental Illness from the inside out.
Do you find yourself saying things like "Iam mentally exhausted, I have no motivation, Iam overwhelmed, my brain won't shut off, Iam not good enough? My name is Melissa. I too have these feelings from time to time. Life is interesting and often unfair. Let me help you tackle these negative emotions and unwanted feelings and together we can develop a sound treatment plan to get through the day-to-day obstacles of life. I love helping people help and themselves. I strive to help provide empowerment and the tools to motivate the body and mind. My goal is to help you focus on Mental Wellness verses Mental Illness from the inside out.
(330) 355-8551 View (330) 355-8551

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Photo of Stephanie Stecker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Jackson, OH
Stephanie Stecker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austintown, OH 44515
I am a strong believer in psychotherapy combined with medication management to achieve optimal mental health wellness. I am dedicated to understanding each client’s life experiences, traumas and personal holistic health goals. I also value the relationship between provider and client and will strive to build a foundation of trust, openness, and understanding to guide clients through a healthy and active life. Every treatment will be individualized and I will pay special attention to holistic care and treat every patient with compassion. Age range of patients served: 17 years and older
I am a strong believer in psychotherapy combined with medication management to achieve optimal mental health wellness. I am dedicated to understanding each client’s life experiences, traumas and personal holistic health goals. I also value the relationship between provider and client and will strive to build a foundation of trust, openness, and understanding to guide clients through a healthy and active life. Every treatment will be individualized and I will pay special attention to holistic care and treat every patient with compassion. Age range of patients served: 17 years and older
(330) 304-4514 View (330) 304-4514
Photo of Anthony Koch, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Jackson, OH
Anthony Koch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Canfield, OH 44406  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Anthony, a Psychiatric NP & owner of Feel Better & Co. Already know you want an appointment? Email us at the provided email so we can send a link to book an appointment. Unsure if we would be a match? Email us for a free phone call consultation to see if our goals align. We specialize in helping manage mental health challenges through personalized telehealth therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or something else, we offer support & guidance. We emphasize a holistic team approach alongside medication if needed. Our goal is to help you feel better & live a more fulfilling life.
Hi, I'm Anthony, a Psychiatric NP & owner of Feel Better & Co. Already know you want an appointment? Email us at the provided email so we can send a link to book an appointment. Unsure if we would be a match? Email us for a free phone call consultation to see if our goals align. We specialize in helping manage mental health challenges through personalized telehealth therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or something else, we offer support & guidance. We emphasize a holistic team approach alongside medication if needed. Our goal is to help you feel better & live a more fulfilling life.
(330) 331-6871 View (330) 331-6871
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Restore Compassionate Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austintown, OH 44515
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Shannon Milliken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austintown, OH 44515
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.
(330) 975-8891 View (330) 975-8891
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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.
(330) 729-5770 View (330) 729-5770
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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
(330) 632-8818 View (330) 632-8818
Photo of Aspire Mental Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Jackson, OH
Aspire Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Youngstown, OH 44509
At Aspire Mental health we strive to provide a safe, calming environment to allow for progress through your mental health journey. We offer numerous treatment options including counseling, medication management, spravato, EMDR and other treatment modalities. We are a LGBT safe space and pride ourselves on love and acceptance.
At Aspire Mental health we strive to provide a safe, calming environment to allow for progress through your mental health journey. We offer numerous treatment options including counseling, medication management, spravato, EMDR and other treatment modalities. We are a LGBT safe space and pride ourselves on love and acceptance.
(330) 771-9652 View (330) 771-9652
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Candice Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Austintown, OH 44515
I work with clients experiencing a variety of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, impulsive behaviors, anger, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, dementia, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) disorder, and mental health symptoms during recovery from addiction. I offer both in office and telehealth appointments.
I work with clients experiencing a variety of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, impulsive behaviors, anger, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, dementia, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) disorder, and mental health symptoms during recovery from addiction. I offer both in office and telehealth appointments.
(330) 295-2353 View (330) 295-2353
Photo of Jennifer Fusco, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Jackson, OH
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.
(330) 729-5551 View (330) 729-5551
Photo of Jennifer Joseph, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Jackson, OH
Jennifer Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Youngstown, OH 44511
I strive to provide a place of comfort and safety, free of judgment or demands. I see myself as part of your treatment team. I provide education, options, and support. I will help you set goals and we work together to achieve these. I have successfully helped clients achieve remission of their depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, and psychosis. You will be treated as an individual and will be given the respect and consideration you deserve.
I strive to provide a place of comfort and safety, free of judgment or demands. I see myself as part of your treatment team. I provide education, options, and support. I will help you set goals and we work together to achieve these. I have successfully helped clients achieve remission of their depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, and psychosis. You will be treated as an individual and will be given the respect and consideration you deserve.
(330) 964-5150 View (330) 964-5150
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Youngstown, OH 44515
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (330) 222-3512 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (330) 222-3512 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(330) 222-3512 View (330) 222-3512
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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.
(330) 366-1921 View (330) 366-1921
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Jerret Kolesar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Warren, OH 44484
I work with individuals, couples, and families, helping them to navigate challenges that hinder the experience of the beauty and joy of life. I look to build healthy and trustworthy relationships with clients in order to tackle some of life's most difficult issues. In a confidential and safe environment, I address areas of addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, PTSD, marital/premarital counseling, etc. I am able to address minor and major problems that are impeding you from experiencing your full potential.
I work with individuals, couples, and families, helping them to navigate challenges that hinder the experience of the beauty and joy of life. I look to build healthy and trustworthy relationships with clients in order to tackle some of life's most difficult issues. In a confidential and safe environment, I address areas of addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, PTSD, marital/premarital counseling, etc. I am able to address minor and major problems that are impeding you from experiencing your full potential.
(234) 742-4495 View (234) 742-4495
Photo of Melissa Gelsomino, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Jackson, OH
Melissa Gelsomino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mineral Ridge, OH 44440  (Online Only)
Hi, and thank you for taking the time to invest in your mental health. Are you having a hard time balancing family, work, and life? Are you struggling with stress, avoidance and anxiety about the future? Are you just ready for a change and aren't sure how to make a plan of action?
Hi, and thank you for taking the time to invest in your mental health. Are you having a hard time balancing family, work, and life? Are you struggling with stress, avoidance and anxiety about the future? Are you just ready for a change and aren't sure how to make a plan of action?
(330) 778-4286 View (330) 778-4286

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Amanda Lambert at Revive Counseling and Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Jackson, OH
Amanda Lambert at Revive Counseling and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44115
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
(216) 294-3692 View (216) 294-3692
Scott F. Martin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
Greetings! I provide a full range of psychiatric care, focused on individuals' needs and often consisting of psychotherapy and/or medication treatment. I welcome your inquiries and would recommend meeting for an assessment and to establish a plan on how we can work together. My psychotherapeutic background is in psychodynamic and relational work with a holistic and humanistic approach. I have a particular interest in wellness practices and in the integration of psychedelics with medicine to expand the potential for psychotherapy.
Greetings! I provide a full range of psychiatric care, focused on individuals' needs and often consisting of psychotherapy and/or medication treatment. I welcome your inquiries and would recommend meeting for an assessment and to establish a plan on how we can work together. My psychotherapeutic background is in psychodynamic and relational work with a holistic and humanistic approach. I have a particular interest in wellness practices and in the integration of psychedelics with medicine to expand the potential for psychotherapy.
(216) 859-4304 View (216) 859-4304
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Elyria, OH 44035
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (216) 238-3555 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (216) 238-3555 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(216) 238-3555 View (216) 238-3555
Photo of Kelly Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Jackson, OH
Kelly Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
Kelly Brown, PMHNP Kelly Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. Kelly offers compassionate care while helping a patient achieve optimal mental health to help them lead fulfilling lives. In her spare time, Kelly loves spending time with friends and family, reading, binging Netflix, bowling, and learning to speak Spanish.
Kelly Brown, PMHNP Kelly Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. Kelly offers compassionate care while helping a patient achieve optimal mental health to help them lead fulfilling lives. In her spare time, Kelly loves spending time with friends and family, reading, binging Netflix, bowling, and learning to speak Spanish.
(440) 739-7364 View (440) 739-7364
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Rochelle L Tatarka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairlawn, OH 44333
My focus is to help individuals heal, recover, and become aware of their inner strengths. I provide a supportive environment, listen to your concerns, customize a treatment plan, and monitor progress for positive outcomes. I take pride in spending time with my patients, so you will never feel rushed or be seen by multiple providers. I treat a number of mental health concerns for patients 18 and up including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, stress, trauma, grief, loss, and more.
My focus is to help individuals heal, recover, and become aware of their inner strengths. I provide a supportive environment, listen to your concerns, customize a treatment plan, and monitor progress for positive outcomes. I take pride in spending time with my patients, so you will never feel rushed or be seen by multiple providers. I treat a number of mental health concerns for patients 18 and up including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, stress, trauma, grief, loss, and more.
(330) 862-9875 View (330) 862-9875

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in North Jackson, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in North Jackson, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Life Coaching
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in North Jackson, OH see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in North Jackson?

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.