Psychiatrists in Summerville, SC

Photo of Ryan Johnson - Law of Tranquility, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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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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Dawn Marie DeVaux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Summerville, SC 29483
Dawn Marie DeVaux is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2023. Dawn offers a holistic, non-judgmental approach to treatment and clients can always expect professionalism, collaboration, respect, and empathy from her as their provider. Outside of work, Dawn enjoys nature hikes, bike riding, live Irish music, and reading non-fiction.
Dawn Marie DeVaux is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2023. Dawn offers a holistic, non-judgmental approach to treatment and clients can always expect professionalism, collaboration, respect, and empathy from her as their provider. Outside of work, Dawn enjoys nature hikes, bike riding, live Irish music, and reading non-fiction.
(854) 400-8742 View (854) 400-8742
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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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Melissa Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Summerville, SC 29483
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I specialize in helping my adult clients explore whether medication could help alleviate their current symptoms and struggles. For over ten years I have partnered with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, and many other difficulties and life challenges.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I specialize in helping my adult clients explore whether medication could help alleviate their current symptoms and struggles. For over ten years I have partnered with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, and many other difficulties and life challenges.
(843) 501-1099 View (843) 501-1099
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Erik Cantrell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Summerville, SC 29485
When times are tough, or when you're having issues, it's hard to find things to find pride in. The courage to seek help is something to take pride in, and I commend you for that. As a provider, my skill set lends itself towards being very good at diagnosing your issue, then explaining it well, and working with you in finding the right treatment. I generally find that a combination of medication and counseling works best. I focus on adult patients of any age, and I am board certified in psychiatry.
When times are tough, or when you're having issues, it's hard to find things to find pride in. The courage to seek help is something to take pride in, and I commend you for that. As a provider, my skill set lends itself towards being very good at diagnosing your issue, then explaining it well, and working with you in finding the right treatment. I generally find that a combination of medication and counseling works best. I focus on adult patients of any age, and I am board certified in psychiatry.
(843) 806-1071 View (843) 806-1071
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Laura Burdette
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Summerville, SC 29483
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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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Summerville, SC 29485  (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.
(803) 336-2001 View (803) 336-2001

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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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Madelyn Myers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Charleston, SC 29406
Madelyn Myers chose a field in mental health to help individuals and families deal with mental health challenges and attain wellness. Madelyn is most passionate about helping clients understand that identifying and treating mental health problems will help them to lead a fuller and more satisfying life. Madelyn would summarize her overall care philosophy as understanding and acceptance of mental health concerns, including proper treatment, self-help nutrition, rest, and exercise.
Madelyn Myers chose a field in mental health to help individuals and families deal with mental health challenges and attain wellness. Madelyn is most passionate about helping clients understand that identifying and treating mental health problems will help them to lead a fuller and more satisfying life. Madelyn would summarize her overall care philosophy as understanding and acceptance of mental health concerns, including proper treatment, self-help nutrition, rest, and exercise.
(855) 724-1139 View (855) 724-1139
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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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Reya Demirozu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Charleston, SC 29406
Reya is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in individuals of all ages. She specializes in anxiety, depression, bipolar I & II, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Reya brings a holistic approach that utilizes medication management, therapeutic engagement, and a promotion of a healthy lifestyle. She provides patient-centered care to help individuals develop more balanced coping skills, self-care, and perspective while achieving stability. Reya completed crisis prevention training at McLean Hospital. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and hiking with her dog.
Reya is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in individuals of all ages. She specializes in anxiety, depression, bipolar I & II, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Reya brings a holistic approach that utilizes medication management, therapeutic engagement, and a promotion of a healthy lifestyle. She provides patient-centered care to help individuals develop more balanced coping skills, self-care, and perspective while achieving stability. Reya completed crisis prevention training at McLean Hospital. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and hiking with her dog.
(855) 724-1139 View (855) 724-1139
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Dr. Steven Sinderman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Charleston, SC 29406
Dr. Steven Sinderman is passionate about providing the best treatment for his patients in a collaborative atmosphere. Dr. Sinderman specializes in adult psychiatry. He was fascinated with the function of the brain and psychology in college, but was side-tracked and pursued a career in neurosurgery.
Dr. Steven Sinderman is passionate about providing the best treatment for his patients in a collaborative atmosphere. Dr. Sinderman specializes in adult psychiatry. He was fascinated with the function of the brain and psychology in college, but was side-tracked and pursued a career in neurosurgery.
(855) 724-1139 View (855) 724-1139
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ladson, SC 29456  (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

Online Psychiatrists

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Melissa Harris Kannaday M. D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29204
Are you living the quality of life that you desire? Perhaps you are struggling with feeling overwhelmed, worrying frequently and feeling anxious? Perhaps you are no longer enjoying the activities you previously enjoyed and want to feel “like yourself” again? Maybe you’ve noticed that you are having issues with your attention, leading to poor school or work performance? Perhaps the way you are feeling is affecting your relationships with your significant other, your colleagues, friends, family, or children? You no longer feel like yourself emotionally and you want to feel better. Dr. Kannaday can develop a plan to help you.
Are you living the quality of life that you desire? Perhaps you are struggling with feeling overwhelmed, worrying frequently and feeling anxious? Perhaps you are no longer enjoying the activities you previously enjoyed and want to feel “like yourself” again? Maybe you’ve noticed that you are having issues with your attention, leading to poor school or work performance? Perhaps the way you are feeling is affecting your relationships with your significant other, your colleagues, friends, family, or children? You no longer feel like yourself emotionally and you want to feel better. Dr. Kannaday can develop a plan to help you.
(803) 291-5657 View (803) 291-5657
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Michael B Mefford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
I believe in the therapeutic approach known as unconditional positive regard, which means I strive to be accepting, non-judgmental, and empathic. I practice the one skill I believe to be crucial in this field: I listen. After 13 years in child and adolescent psychiatry, I realized I had spent a great deal of my career treating ADHD. As psychiatry began to realize ADHD symptoms last into adulthood far more commonly than we previously thought, I became fascinated with this condition and its long term effects throughout the life cycle.
I believe in the therapeutic approach known as unconditional positive regard, which means I strive to be accepting, non-judgmental, and empathic. I practice the one skill I believe to be crucial in this field: I listen. After 13 years in child and adolescent psychiatry, I realized I had spent a great deal of my career treating ADHD. As psychiatry began to realize ADHD symptoms last into adulthood far more commonly than we previously thought, I became fascinated with this condition and its long term effects throughout the life cycle.
(843) 350-6393 View (843) 350-6393
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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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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Ramesh Gihwala
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, SC 29204
Are you frustrated, discouraged and overwhelmed with all the choices and options you have for getting help? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. You just want to get help for your issues, not field a bunch of different doctors offices. This is a common frustration in mental health treatment- you as the client don't get the best support because its spread out, not localized.
Are you frustrated, discouraged and overwhelmed with all the choices and options you have for getting help? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. You just want to get help for your issues, not field a bunch of different doctors offices. This is a common frustration in mental health treatment- you as the client don't get the best support because its spread out, not localized.
(803) 828-0963 View (803) 828-0963
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Carla Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29414
Hello, my name is Carla Warren and I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am originally from New Jersey and have been living in South Carolina for over a decade now, and I absolutely love it. My personal philosophy includes the integration of social, cultural, spiritual and emotional values to treat the whole person. My objective is to implement evidence-based treatment to ensure high quality care and improved outcomes for my patients. I strongly believe that if my patient is not doing 90% better in 3 months, then I have missed something.
Hello, my name is Carla Warren and I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am originally from New Jersey and have been living in South Carolina for over a decade now, and I absolutely love it. My personal philosophy includes the integration of social, cultural, spiritual and emotional values to treat the whole person. My objective is to implement evidence-based treatment to ensure high quality care and improved outcomes for my patients. I strongly believe that if my patient is not doing 90% better in 3 months, then I have missed something.
(843) 427-3068 View (843) 427-3068

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Summerville, SC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Summerville, SC who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Trauma and PTSD
75% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Grief
75% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Summerville, SC see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Summerville?

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.