Psychiatrists in Beaufort, SC

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Daniel J Balog
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Beaufort, SC 29902
Dr. Balog practices adult psychiatry and specializes in the treatment of Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma-Related Disorders. Dr. Balog aims to provide high quality, collaborative, and patient-centered care for patients 18+ years of age.
Dr. Balog practices adult psychiatry and specializes in the treatment of Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma-Related Disorders. Dr. Balog aims to provide high quality, collaborative, and patient-centered care for patients 18+ years of age.
(803) 339-1563 View (803) 339-1563
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Patrick Wiita, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beaufort, SC 29904  (Online Only)
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(843) 865-2867 View (843) 865-2867
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Kasara Helou
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, MPH
Verified Verified
Beaufort, SC 29901
Kasara provides effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults, adolescents and children. She treats a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, ADHD and autism. She coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. She has a strong background working with children and adolescents alongside Dr. Julie Jensen, but also has a longstanding history caring for adults, the elderly and underserved.
Kasara provides effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults, adolescents and children. She treats a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, ADHD and autism. She coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. She has a strong background working with children and adolescents alongside Dr. Julie Jensen, but also has a longstanding history caring for adults, the elderly and underserved.
(912) 470-5951 View (912) 470-5951

Online Psychiatrists

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Lanier Summerall
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29407
I was fortunate to grow up in Charleston where my family has lived for many generations. I spent my childhood playing on Sullivan's Island and sailing at my grandparents' House on Wadmalaw Island. I attended medical school at the university of Colorado and completed psychiatry residency at Dartmouth. I emphasize a holistic, patient focused treatment built on a foundation of a strong doctor-patient alliance. In 2014 I decided to return home to my family in Charleston. I was in a clinical leadership position downtown at the VA until joining Mt. Pleasant Psychiatry in 2017.
I was fortunate to grow up in Charleston where my family has lived for many generations. I spent my childhood playing on Sullivan's Island and sailing at my grandparents' House on Wadmalaw Island. I attended medical school at the university of Colorado and completed psychiatry residency at Dartmouth. I emphasize a holistic, patient focused treatment built on a foundation of a strong doctor-patient alliance. In 2014 I decided to return home to my family in Charleston. I was in a clinical leadership position downtown at the VA until joining Mt. Pleasant Psychiatry in 2017.
(843) 885-8052 View (843) 885-8052
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Angel Oak Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Island, SC 29455
Are you facing a personal problem? Perhaps you need help after a traumatic event? When you find yourself in situations like these, feel free to come and visit us at Angel Oak Counseling for assistance. We provide professional counseling services for individuals seeking support and guidance in dealing with significant life changes. We also evaluate your need for psychiatric medication and prescribe as needed. Allow us to help you in your time of need. Visit our counseling clinic in Johns Island, SC today to properly discuss your needs.
Are you facing a personal problem? Perhaps you need help after a traumatic event? When you find yourself in situations like these, feel free to come and visit us at Angel Oak Counseling for assistance. We provide professional counseling services for individuals seeking support and guidance in dealing with significant life changes. We also evaluate your need for psychiatric medication and prescribe as needed. Allow us to help you in your time of need. Visit our counseling clinic in Johns Island, SC today to properly discuss your needs.
(843) 507-4957 View (843) 507-4957
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The Greater Works of Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN/Ed, APRN, PMHNP, - BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Summerville, SC 29486
Doctorally prepared, I possess the experience, qualities, personality, and credentials for your needs. I am a passionate and seasoned professional with over 30 years of high-profile nursing experience. The experience encompasses a profession in medicine and psychiatry, healthcare, education, and clinical nursing practice in face-to-face and online settings. I am also a 30+ year veteran-spouse and mother of a current active-duty military family that fosters the ability to empathize and aid with military-affiliated patients. The tenants of my nursing practice primary aim are to deliver customized, purpose-driven care to all clients.
Doctorally prepared, I possess the experience, qualities, personality, and credentials for your needs. I am a passionate and seasoned professional with over 30 years of high-profile nursing experience. The experience encompasses a profession in medicine and psychiatry, healthcare, education, and clinical nursing practice in face-to-face and online settings. I am also a 30+ year veteran-spouse and mother of a current active-duty military family that fosters the ability to empathize and aid with military-affiliated patients. The tenants of my nursing practice primary aim are to deliver customized, purpose-driven care to all clients.
(854) 212-7671 View (854) 212-7671
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Law of Tranquility
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Summerville, SC 29485
Hello! I am Ryan Johnson, a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC) who will be practicing in the Summerville area. My focus is the identification and treatment of various psychiatric conditions. It is my desire to serve those who are often overlooked or underserved.
Hello! I am Ryan Johnson, a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC) who will be practicing in the Summerville area. My focus is the identification and treatment of various psychiatric conditions. It is my desire to serve those who are often overlooked or underserved.
(854) 842-3750 View (854) 842-3750
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Abundant Grace Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29412
I believe in the caring and connected holistic approach integrating physical, mental, social and spiritual values. I value you and will inspire trust, will listen well, evaluate and treat . The techniques I utilize along with medication management are CBT, Mindfulness, Coaching , Holistic Thinking , Dietary and Lifestyle Changes. Together We will Develop a Plan in harmony with a doctor ( Psychologist or Medical). We will Develop an Individualized plan that Promotes Healing and Allows you to reach Your Goals.
I believe in the caring and connected holistic approach integrating physical, mental, social and spiritual values. I value you and will inspire trust, will listen well, evaluate and treat . The techniques I utilize along with medication management are CBT, Mindfulness, Coaching , Holistic Thinking , Dietary and Lifestyle Changes. Together We will Develop a Plan in harmony with a doctor ( Psychologist or Medical). We will Develop an Individualized plan that Promotes Healing and Allows you to reach Your Goals.
(843) 594-2321 View (843) 594-2321
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We Care Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Charleston, SC 29407
Hello, my name is Dr. Michelle Pinckney, I am a doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 26 years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse in the field of Mental Health. I am here to assist you with meeting your mental health needs. This practice is dedicated to spreading mental health awareness, breaking the cycle of the stigma associated with mental illness, and providing mental health treatment to address each individual's needs. Our goal is to provide compassionate care for patients with mental health needs in a patient-centered environment.
Hello, my name is Dr. Michelle Pinckney, I am a doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 26 years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse in the field of Mental Health. I am here to assist you with meeting your mental health needs. This practice is dedicated to spreading mental health awareness, breaking the cycle of the stigma associated with mental illness, and providing mental health treatment to address each individual's needs. Our goal is to provide compassionate care for patients with mental health needs in a patient-centered environment.
(843) 417-0261 View (843) 417-0261
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Nicholas Germano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29405
Nick Germano, MSN, PMHNP-BC Nick Germano is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2020. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston and a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nick believes that the most essential component to medication management is collaboration.
Nick Germano, MSN, PMHNP-BC Nick Germano is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2020. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston and a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nick believes that the most essential component to medication management is collaboration.
(843) 483-6455 View (843) 483-6455
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charleston, SC 29407  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(843) 920-4592 View (843) 920-4592
Sean Eberhard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29414
Hello; I’m Sean. I’m a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to help people with mental health conditions. I’m a teacher at heart as I was a golf instructor for the first part of my adult life, and I enjoy educating my patients on why certain interventions and suggestions would give each patient the greatest chance to succeed. I implement evidence-based practice with all my patients, but this is not limited to pharmological interventions.
Hello; I’m Sean. I’m a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to help people with mental health conditions. I’m a teacher at heart as I was a golf instructor for the first part of my adult life, and I enjoy educating my patients on why certain interventions and suggestions would give each patient the greatest chance to succeed. I implement evidence-based practice with all my patients, but this is not limited to pharmological interventions.
(843) 396-6437 View (843) 396-6437
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Jeffrey Cluver
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29492
Throughout his career, Dr. Cluver has provided clinical care for patients along the full spectrum of mental illnesses and treatment settings, from in-patient care to outpatient clinics, addiction recovery, and therapeutic interventions. He is especially interested in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders (such as depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, social and other phobias, PTSD, and panic disorder) using a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
Throughout his career, Dr. Cluver has provided clinical care for patients along the full spectrum of mental illnesses and treatment settings, from in-patient care to outpatient clinics, addiction recovery, and therapeutic interventions. He is especially interested in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders (such as depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, social and other phobias, PTSD, and panic disorder) using a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
(843) 919-4658 View (843) 919-4658
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Michael Casey Kundert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charleston, SC 29414
My name is Casey Kundert and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, at Centerway Behavioral Health. I’m originally from Illinois and have lived in Charleston for fifteen years and love it here. While completing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner master’s program at the University of South Carolina, I worked as a charge nurse on the general adult unit at MUSC’s Institute of Psychiatry. Through my education and experience, I’ve seen a very diverse range of mental illness, how it progresses, and the significant benefits of treatment over time.
My name is Casey Kundert and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, at Centerway Behavioral Health. I’m originally from Illinois and have lived in Charleston for fifteen years and love it here. While completing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner master’s program at the University of South Carolina, I worked as a charge nurse on the general adult unit at MUSC’s Institute of Psychiatry. Through my education and experience, I’ve seen a very diverse range of mental illness, how it progresses, and the significant benefits of treatment over time.
(843) 749-8212 View (843) 749-8212
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Abbey Borich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Dr. Borich is a seasoned child and adolescent psychiatrist dedicated to providing extraordinary care to children, adolescents, and young adults. With a wealth of experience spanning over a decade, Dr. Borich brings a compassionate, individually tailored, and evidence-based approach to every patient interaction. Dr. Borich has extensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room experience, and specializes in a wide range of pathologies including depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, psychosis, mania, and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Borich is a seasoned child and adolescent psychiatrist dedicated to providing extraordinary care to children, adolescents, and young adults. With a wealth of experience spanning over a decade, Dr. Borich brings a compassionate, individually tailored, and evidence-based approach to every patient interaction. Dr. Borich has extensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room experience, and specializes in a wide range of pathologies including depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, psychosis, mania, and behavioral disorders.
(843) 978-0450 View (843) 978-0450
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Van Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
I am board certified adult psychiatrist with fellowship child / adolescent training. I believe that every child and young adult can shine to his/her fullest potential with the right support and nurturing approach. I assess each patient and crafts individualized treatment plans to help patients reach their short and long term treatment goals.
I am board certified adult psychiatrist with fellowship child / adolescent training. I believe that every child and young adult can shine to his/her fullest potential with the right support and nurturing approach. I assess each patient and crafts individualized treatment plans to help patients reach their short and long term treatment goals.
(843) 279-8614 View (843) 279-8614
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Holly Clark
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926  (Online Only)
Dr. Clark is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She is fellowship trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has been in practice for 11 years. Dr. Clark focuses on working with patients to create an environment where they feel comfortable and supported. She focuses on medication management along with supportive therapy. Normally visits are 30 minute follow ups to allow time to focus on areas of support needed. If additional therapy is recommended she will request a therapist will be added into your care team to meet all of your needs.
Dr. Clark is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She is fellowship trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has been in practice for 11 years. Dr. Clark focuses on working with patients to create an environment where they feel comfortable and supported. She focuses on medication management along with supportive therapy. Normally visits are 30 minute follow ups to allow time to focus on areas of support needed. If additional therapy is recommended she will request a therapist will be added into your care team to meet all of your needs.
(843) 890-8361 View (843) 890-8361
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Laura Burdette
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Hi there, I'm Dr. Laura Burdette, and I'm here to support you on your journey to mental well-being. As a board certified forensic psychiatrist and trained therapist, I specialize in helping individuals navigate life's challenges to achieve lasting mental wellness. In my practice, I prioritize understanding your unique experiences and collaboratively tailoring a holistic treatment plan that suits your needs. Whether you're facing mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health concerns, I'm here to provide support on your path to healing.
Hi there, I'm Dr. Laura Burdette, and I'm here to support you on your journey to mental well-being. As a board certified forensic psychiatrist and trained therapist, I specialize in helping individuals navigate life's challenges to achieve lasting mental wellness. In my practice, I prioritize understanding your unique experiences and collaboratively tailoring a holistic treatment plan that suits your needs. Whether you're facing mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health concerns, I'm here to provide support on your path to healing.
(843) 920-5636 View (843) 920-5636
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MyNDSpace Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29407
At MyNDSpace, we endeavor to create a culture of mental health awareness and sensitivity, to reduce mental health disparities, and to bridge the gap between community organizations and mental health services.
At MyNDSpace, we endeavor to create a culture of mental health awareness and sensitivity, to reduce mental health disparities, and to bridge the gap between community organizations and mental health services.
(843) 890-0315 View (843) 890-0315
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Casey Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Casey Lee is a registered Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science from West Coast University in Orange County, CA and her Master's degree in Nursing Science from Northern Kentucky University. Casey focuses on evaluation, treatment, and medication management of a wide variety of mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Her clinical experience includes trauma and inpatient psychiatric nursing as an RN and outpatient psychiatric medication management as a Nurse Practitioner.
Casey Lee is a registered Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science from West Coast University in Orange County, CA and her Master's degree in Nursing Science from Northern Kentucky University. Casey focuses on evaluation, treatment, and medication management of a wide variety of mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Her clinical experience includes trauma and inpatient psychiatric nursing as an RN and outpatient psychiatric medication management as a Nurse Practitioner.
(843) 894-3096 View (843) 894-3096

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Beaufort, SC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Beaufort, SC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Behavioral Issues
100% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Beaufort, SC see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Beaufort?

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.