Psychiatrists in Murrells Inlet, SC

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Amy R Pharr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576  (Online Only)
Regardless of the issues you may be experiencing, there is help available. We can provide you with knowledge into your situation and help you through. We offer a personable and caring provider who will listen to you and work with you in an effort to get you where you want and deserve to be. I provide full psychiatric services, providing evaluation, assessments, diagnosis and implement treatment that may or may not include medication management. If therapy is needed, we also have a wonderful therapist, Adam Howell who is within our practice.
Regardless of the issues you may be experiencing, there is help available. We can provide you with knowledge into your situation and help you through. We offer a personable and caring provider who will listen to you and work with you in an effort to get you where you want and deserve to be. I provide full psychiatric services, providing evaluation, assessments, diagnosis and implement treatment that may or may not include medication management. If therapy is needed, we also have a wonderful therapist, Adam Howell who is within our practice.
(843) 920-3951 View (843) 920-3951
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Patrick Mcarthur
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Not accepting new clients
I have practiced Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in Mount Pleasant for over 19 years, and in Murrell's Inlet, SC for two years. I offer experienced, confidential and solution-focused treatment for all ages. In every session I do both talk therapy and (when indicated) medication management. The success of my practice is based on my taking the time to really know each patient and his/her needs and to develop mutual trust with each patient.
I have practiced Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in Mount Pleasant for over 19 years, and in Murrell's Inlet, SC for two years. I offer experienced, confidential and solution-focused treatment for all ages. In every session I do both talk therapy and (when indicated) medication management. The success of my practice is based on my taking the time to really know each patient and his/her needs and to develop mutual trust with each patient.
(843) 628-2140 View (843) 628-2140
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Hannah Kloch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
As a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive, personalized care to patients. I have a strong foundation in both general medicine and psychiatry, which I have been able to incorporate into my practice thanks to my Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. My goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their own healthcare and to work with them to develop personalized treatment plans that meet their unique needs.
As a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive, personalized care to patients. I have a strong foundation in both general medicine and psychiatry, which I have been able to incorporate into my practice thanks to my Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. My goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their own healthcare and to work with them to develop personalized treatment plans that meet their unique needs.
(843) 258-1595 View (843) 258-1595
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East Coast Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Amy Pharr, a Family Nurse Practitioner of 29 years and a Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP of 19 years comfortable with seeing clients of all ages with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Impulse Control Disorders, and PTSD. My ideal client would have some sort of trauma history - whether it be mental, sexual, physical, or emotional -- needing medication management and therapy. I see people in NY, FL, SC and Virginia. My clients want to be able to sleep, go about their day without flashbacks or affect from triggers, and to merely live with some sort of pleasure and "normalcy" in life.
Hello, I am Amy Pharr, a Family Nurse Practitioner of 29 years and a Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP of 19 years comfortable with seeing clients of all ages with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Impulse Control Disorders, and PTSD. My ideal client would have some sort of trauma history - whether it be mental, sexual, physical, or emotional -- needing medication management and therapy. I see people in NY, FL, SC and Virginia. My clients want to be able to sleep, go about their day without flashbacks or affect from triggers, and to merely live with some sort of pleasure and "normalcy" in life.
(843) 960-3155 View (843) 960-3155

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Eleanor Tedesco
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
I received my Medical Degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. I am certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have worked in a variety of settings, including in-patient, outpatient and consultation to long term care facilities. I have been in private practice since 1998. I have specialized in geriatrics in more recent years, but I have worked with all adult age groups throughout my career. I especially enjoy working with patients with mood disorders and anxiety disorders.
I received my Medical Degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. I am certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have worked in a variety of settings, including in-patient, outpatient and consultation to long term care facilities. I have been in private practice since 1998. I have specialized in geriatrics in more recent years, but I have worked with all adult age groups throughout my career. I especially enjoy working with patients with mood disorders and anxiety disorders.
(843) 920-6488 View (843) 920-6488
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Mary Jane McManus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Everyone needs someone that they can talk to and lean on during difficult times. I provide an environment that is free of judgment and you will be treated with dignity and respect. You will find a safe and compassionate session and we will work together to gain your optimal health.
Everyone needs someone that they can talk to and lean on during difficult times. I provide an environment that is free of judgment and you will be treated with dignity and respect. You will find a safe and compassionate session and we will work together to gain your optimal health.
(843) 491-3344 View (843) 491-3344
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Linda A Bachman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
Linda A. Bachman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2006. Linda has a BSN from Emmanuel College Boston, an MSN from Rivier University, and Certification in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health NP. Linda specializes in adult psychopharmacology, clinical assessments, and counseling. Outside of work, Linda enjoys music, hiking, and guitar.
Linda A. Bachman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2006. Linda has a BSN from Emmanuel College Boston, an MSN from Rivier University, and Certification in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health NP. Linda specializes in adult psychopharmacology, clinical assessments, and counseling. Outside of work, Linda enjoys music, hiking, and guitar.
(854) 946-4786 View (854) 946-4786
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Brandi Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, Psych, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588  (Online Only)
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!***We are a private psychiatry practice servicing clients in the state of South Carolina. I am open to all clients in need of services from the most severe illnesses, to those in need of temporary healing. In my experience I have come to realize how important mental health is to one’s overall wellbeing. My approach for treatment can be summarized in a few words, "no judgement zone." To book services with us or for more information visit us at www.prismreflections.net.
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!***We are a private psychiatry practice servicing clients in the state of South Carolina. I am open to all clients in need of services from the most severe illnesses, to those in need of temporary healing. In my experience I have come to realize how important mental health is to one’s overall wellbeing. My approach for treatment can be summarized in a few words, "no judgement zone." To book services with us or for more information visit us at www.prismreflections.net.
(803) 525-0675 View (803) 525-0675
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Debbie White
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pawleys Island, SC 29585  (Online Only)
I have about 35 years experience in psychiatry, including residency, and only do outpatient psychiatry in recent years. I provide both medicine management and individual therapy. My approach is as a partnership- input from from a patient is valued and not ignored. What works for one person often does not work for another. My strengths include spending time with people (sometimes at the expense of punctuality). There is always an emergency system in place - I handle my own after hour calls. My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, women's issues, addictions, relationship issues, pharmacology, among others.
I have about 35 years experience in psychiatry, including residency, and only do outpatient psychiatry in recent years. I provide both medicine management and individual therapy. My approach is as a partnership- input from from a patient is valued and not ignored. What works for one person often does not work for another. My strengths include spending time with people (sometimes at the expense of punctuality). There is always an emergency system in place - I handle my own after hour calls. My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, women's issues, addictions, relationship issues, pharmacology, among others.
(843) 800-2303 View (843) 800-2303
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Jo Laurent
Psychiatric Nurse, RN , BSN
Verified Verified
Pawleys Island, SC 29585  (Online Only)
A person who is looking to improve their life by starting the journey of self discovery. A person who desires to look at how their sexuality, sexual preferences and history around sex are affecting their intra and interpersonal relationships. A person who's goal is not perfection yet a better understanding of their needs, wants and desires and goal to get closer to being their most unapologetic self.
A person who is looking to improve their life by starting the journey of self discovery. A person who desires to look at how their sexuality, sexual preferences and history around sex are affecting their intra and interpersonal relationships. A person who's goal is not perfection yet a better understanding of their needs, wants and desires and goal to get closer to being their most unapologetic self.
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Online Psychiatrists

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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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Zen Therapeutic Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Summerville, SC 29483
People often come to Zen Therapeutic Solutions when they are feeling stuck in the same patterns misaligned with their goals and values. They have tried traditional talk-therapy and medication management, and although they may have experienced some relief at times, they cannot seem to find their way past trauma and adversity. We offer a blend of cutting-edge and ancient remedies to help individuals overcome obstacles to their best lives.
People often come to Zen Therapeutic Solutions when they are feeling stuck in the same patterns misaligned with their goals and values. They have tried traditional talk-therapy and medication management, and although they may have experienced some relief at times, they cannot seem to find their way past trauma and adversity. We offer a blend of cutting-edge and ancient remedies to help individuals overcome obstacles to their best lives.
(854) 458-7920 View (854) 458-7920
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Maureen Apollo
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
North Charleston, SC 29406
Maureen is dual board-certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is passionate about helping her patients achieve happiness, stability, and safety. Maureen focuses on adults and provides gender-affirming mental health care.
Maureen is dual board-certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is passionate about helping her patients achieve happiness, stability, and safety. Maureen focuses on adults and provides gender-affirming mental health care.
(855) 724-1139 View (855) 724-1139
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Grand Strand Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, MBA
Verified Verified
Little River, SC 29566
I'm passionate about working with people to ensure they have the tools and resilience they need to thrive and succeed. Increasing demands on all of us, particularly young people and families, have placed unprecedented challenges and coping with them can be difficult. I take a comprehensive approach and spend the time necessary to tailor the best treatment plan for you. I have a deep interest in helping you to cope successfully with anxiety, panic disorder, depression, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and other mental health issues with therapy and the judicious use of selection of medication when needed.
I'm passionate about working with people to ensure they have the tools and resilience they need to thrive and succeed. Increasing demands on all of us, particularly young people and families, have placed unprecedented challenges and coping with them can be difficult. I take a comprehensive approach and spend the time necessary to tailor the best treatment plan for you. I have a deep interest in helping you to cope successfully with anxiety, panic disorder, depression, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and other mental health issues with therapy and the judicious use of selection of medication when needed.
(843) 279-4698 View (843) 279-4698
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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Chantal Stith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goose Creek, SC 29445
My name is Chantal and I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I completed my MSN at Vanderbilt University in August 2023. I received my first nursing degree in 2017. I have worked in behavioral health for most of my nursing career. I have experience working with people across the lifespan with various psychiatric diagnosis.
My name is Chantal and I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I completed my MSN at Vanderbilt University in August 2023. I received my first nursing degree in 2017. I have worked in behavioral health for most of my nursing career. I have experience working with people across the lifespan with various psychiatric diagnosis.
(843) 279-4991 View (843) 279-4991
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Juan Pablo Galindo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Over my years of practice, I have realized the limitations of the standard tools and medicines within psychiatry. At times the best our standard treatments can do was help people “get by” and as one veteran patient once told me, “survive by numbness.” This way of helping is not enough. It is through the extensive studying of psychedelics and their potential for profound healing that has given me renewed hope in this field.
Over my years of practice, I have realized the limitations of the standard tools and medicines within psychiatry. At times the best our standard treatments can do was help people “get by” and as one veteran patient once told me, “survive by numbness.” This way of helping is not enough. It is through the extensive studying of psychedelics and their potential for profound healing that has given me renewed hope in this field.
(843) 896-3873 View (843) 896-3873
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Dr. Juandalyn Peters
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29412  (Online Only)
Are you happy with your life: your career, your relationships, and the way you feel about yourself? If not, then it may be time for us to talk. I can help you to overcome problems with sadness, worrying, stress and difficult past experiences that are holding you back. Whether you are a child, adolescent or adult, a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation can help determine the cause of your struggles. Then, we will work together using talk therapy and/or medications to help you get back on the road to a happy and successful life. Compassionate care will help you get there!
Are you happy with your life: your career, your relationships, and the way you feel about yourself? If not, then it may be time for us to talk. I can help you to overcome problems with sadness, worrying, stress and difficult past experiences that are holding you back. Whether you are a child, adolescent or adult, a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation can help determine the cause of your struggles. Then, we will work together using talk therapy and/or medications to help you get back on the road to a happy and successful life. Compassionate care will help you get there!
(786) 255-0347 View (786) 255-0347
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Deshaunah Dixon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Now Accepting New Clients! My ideal client is one who is ready for a change in treating their mental health concerns. I am open, nonjudgmental, and bring to you many years' experience in treating various mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Many clients struggle with the stigma of receiving mental health treatment, I would like to offer a breath of fresh air in our approach to treating your mental health concerns, and dispel any doubts you may have about improving your mental health.
Now Accepting New Clients! My ideal client is one who is ready for a change in treating their mental health concerns. I am open, nonjudgmental, and bring to you many years' experience in treating various mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Many clients struggle with the stigma of receiving mental health treatment, I would like to offer a breath of fresh air in our approach to treating your mental health concerns, and dispel any doubts you may have about improving your mental health.
(843) 483-1474 View (843) 483-1474
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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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Number of Psychiatrists in Murrells Inlet, SC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Murrells Inlet, SC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Chronic Impulsivity
75% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

30 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Murrells Inlet, SC see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Murrells Inlet?

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.