Psychiatrists in Travelers Rest, SC

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Siana Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Travelers Rest, SC 29690  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my special interests include neurodevelopmental disorders and I am committed to neurodivergent-affirming practices. My journey is both professional and personal, shaped by my own experiences with neurodevelopmental disorders and complex childhood trauma. Transparency is crucial in my approach, creating a safe space where clients feel seen and heard. I believe effective help comes from someone who understands from the inside out. Together, we explore underlying factors and develop strategies for healing and growth. I'm here to support your journey toward mental wellness!
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my special interests include neurodevelopmental disorders and I am committed to neurodivergent-affirming practices. My journey is both professional and personal, shaped by my own experiences with neurodevelopmental disorders and complex childhood trauma. Transparency is crucial in my approach, creating a safe space where clients feel seen and heard. I believe effective help comes from someone who understands from the inside out. Together, we explore underlying factors and develop strategies for healing and growth. I'm here to support your journey toward mental wellness!
(410) 927-6810 View (410) 927-6810
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Taylor Ladd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
As a mental health provider, I am dedicated to helping individuals lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. I believe in a holistic approach to care, recognizing that mental health is intricately connected to physical health, relationships, and life circumstances. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can feel heard, understood, and empowered to make positive changes in their lives.
As a mental health provider, I am dedicated to helping individuals lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. I believe in a holistic approach to care, recognizing that mental health is intricately connected to physical health, relationships, and life circumstances. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can feel heard, understood, and empowered to make positive changes in their lives.
(864) 803-3565 View (864) 803-3565
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Peter Longstreet
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Not accepting new clients
Something brought you here today.  Something you’re seeking.  Some solution, some perspective to some predicament or other.  You’re here in hopes of finding a safe place to tell your story, to be heard, to be seen as the person you are.  This you know. Just as you know, you don't want to be yet another patient midst a legion of others to be sized up within the first fifteen minutes made complete with a diagnosis and a pocket full of medications.    You’re seeking to be understood and what your suffering has been like for you.    ​
Something brought you here today.  Something you’re seeking.  Some solution, some perspective to some predicament or other.  You’re here in hopes of finding a safe place to tell your story, to be heard, to be seen as the person you are.  This you know. Just as you know, you don't want to be yet another patient midst a legion of others to be sized up within the first fifteen minutes made complete with a diagnosis and a pocket full of medications.    You’re seeking to be understood and what your suffering has been like for you.    ​
(864) 523-7790 View (864) 523-7790

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Consola Esambe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29609
Dr. Consola Esambe is a Psychiatrist in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Esambe believes in forming a partnership with the patient so that they are an integral part of their health journey. This leads to buy in which fosters a better therapeutic alliance with the patient. Outside of work, Dr. Esambe enjoys watching TV, spending time with friends and family, reading and traveling.
Dr. Consola Esambe is a Psychiatrist in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Esambe believes in forming a partnership with the patient so that they are an integral part of their health journey. This leads to buy in which fosters a better therapeutic alliance with the patient. Outside of work, Dr. Esambe enjoys watching TV, spending time with friends and family, reading and traveling.
(864) 477-6397 View (864) 477-6397
Anacorita Ellisor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29617
Anacorita completed her Masters Degree in Nursing at the University of Phoenix and obtained her Post Masters Nurse Practitioner degree at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is a Board Certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. She has a passion for Mental Health Awareness and is a strong believer in breaking the stigma of Mental Health/ Addiction. She was also a Covid-19 front liner who went to New York to provide aid when the pandemic first broke out.
Anacorita completed her Masters Degree in Nursing at the University of Phoenix and obtained her Post Masters Nurse Practitioner degree at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is a Board Certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. She has a passion for Mental Health Awareness and is a strong believer in breaking the stigma of Mental Health/ Addiction. She was also a Covid-19 front liner who went to New York to provide aid when the pandemic first broke out.
(864) 803-3287 View (864) 803-3287
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Brad Wuerfel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29609
Dr. Brad Wuerfel struggled with mental health symptoms during his adolescence and has received treatment that changed his life, ultimately pushing him into a mental health career. He is most passionate about educating patients about their conditions and helping them understand their diagnosis is not what defines them.
Dr. Brad Wuerfel struggled with mental health symptoms during his adolescence and has received treatment that changed his life, ultimately pushing him into a mental health career. He is most passionate about educating patients about their conditions and helping them understand their diagnosis is not what defines them.
(855) 724-1139 View (855) 724-1139
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M. Brian Hendricks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Easley, SC 29642
I concentrate on integrative psychiatry to understand you as a whole person. This allows you and I the ability to identify and treat the underlying causes of your condition, so we can move beyond just covering up symptoms with psychiatric medications and achieve profound life changes. We will often concentrate on nutrition, stress management, sleep and rest, work-life balance, movement, spirituality, relationships and community, personal development, mind-body connection, and healthy environment as ways to decrease polypharmacy.
I concentrate on integrative psychiatry to understand you as a whole person. This allows you and I the ability to identify and treat the underlying causes of your condition, so we can move beyond just covering up symptoms with psychiatric medications and achieve profound life changes. We will often concentrate on nutrition, stress management, sleep and rest, work-life balance, movement, spirituality, relationships and community, personal development, mind-body connection, and healthy environment as ways to decrease polypharmacy.
(864) 668-8193 View (864) 668-8193
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Jennifer Ramsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29609
Jennifer Ramsey is a Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2013. Jennifer offers patients a safe, welcoming environment for a range of services, including diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, and support in coping with life stressors. Through her training and expertise, she can provide patients with a comprehensive and individualized approach to mental health care, helping them to achieve improved quality of life and functioning.
Jennifer Ramsey is a Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2013. Jennifer offers patients a safe, welcoming environment for a range of services, including diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, and support in coping with life stressors. Through her training and expertise, she can provide patients with a comprehensive and individualized approach to mental health care, helping them to achieve improved quality of life and functioning.
(864) 365-3723 View (864) 365-3723
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Taral Sharma, MD -Spartanburg, Greenville & Seneca
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA, FAPA, FABPM
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29613
Exceptional evidence based patient care
Exceptional evidence based patient care
(864) 844-9432 View (864) 844-9432

Online Psychiatrists

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Jason Alan Flassing
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
Most of my patients are previously diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Affective Disorder. Many have co-existing anxiety disorders ranging from generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder with agoraphobia. My patients range in age from teens to seniors.
Most of my patients are previously diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Affective Disorder. Many have co-existing anxiety disorders ranging from generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder with agoraphobia. My patients range in age from teens to seniors.
(864) 383-9487 View (864) 383-9487
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29730  (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) 675-7882 View (803) 675-7882
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Upstate Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Now Accepting New Patients with Primary Care Provider Referral: Upstate Mental Health, LLC is owned and operated by a Professional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Board Certified, serving patients with a range of mental health diagnoses in an outpatient setting. Beyond outpatient services, we also offer free collaboration with local therapist and psychologist for the better care of patients within our community.
Now Accepting New Patients with Primary Care Provider Referral: Upstate Mental Health, LLC is owned and operated by a Professional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Board Certified, serving patients with a range of mental health diagnoses in an outpatient setting. Beyond outpatient services, we also offer free collaboration with local therapist and psychologist for the better care of patients within our community.
(864) 971-3740 View (864) 971-3740
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Ken Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seneca, SC 29678
I provide a positive and goal oriented plan including wellness and/or medication management for a variety of mental health disorders ages six years and older. Treatment for: Mood, ADHD, OCD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar, Borderline, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Addiction, Dementia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep Disorders. I also utilize assessment tools and lab testing as needed to help manage or adjust symptoms disrupting your daily life. I also offer lifestyle and wellness services.
I provide a positive and goal oriented plan including wellness and/or medication management for a variety of mental health disorders ages six years and older. Treatment for: Mood, ADHD, OCD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar, Borderline, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Addiction, Dementia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep Disorders. I also utilize assessment tools and lab testing as needed to help manage or adjust symptoms disrupting your daily life. I also offer lifestyle and wellness services.
(864) 732-6116 View (864) 732-6116
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Sarah McNight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Ms. McNight began her career in mental health in 2011, working with crisis intervention and stabilization of patients with complex psychiatric needs in an inpatient psychiatric setting for 6 years. She is dual board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). She completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from Clemson University in 2017 and holds a post-graduate degree in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from Wilkes University. Prior to joining Sherbondy’s Psychiatric Solutions in 2020, Ms. McNight worked as a Nurse Practitioner in diverse specialty settings.
Ms. McNight began her career in mental health in 2011, working with crisis intervention and stabilization of patients with complex psychiatric needs in an inpatient psychiatric setting for 6 years. She is dual board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). She completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from Clemson University in 2017 and holds a post-graduate degree in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from Wilkes University. Prior to joining Sherbondy’s Psychiatric Solutions in 2020, Ms. McNight worked as a Nurse Practitioner in diverse specialty settings.
(864) 523-6776 View (864) 523-6776
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Bret Guidry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
(980) 372-8112 View (980) 372-8112
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Greg Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29615
I understand seeing a new provider or switching providers can be stressful, but I want my patients to know when it comes to their treatment, they play a major role. I always take into consideration what has previously worked well and what has not, and together we will create a treatment plan that best supports improving overall mental health with a focus on finding the right options for medication management and blended psychotherapy.
I understand seeing a new provider or switching providers can be stressful, but I want my patients to know when it comes to their treatment, they play a major role. I always take into consideration what has previously worked well and what has not, and together we will create a treatment plan that best supports improving overall mental health with a focus on finding the right options for medication management and blended psychotherapy.
(864) 618-2817 View (864) 618-2817
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Angela Rasheed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chapin, SC 29036  (Online Only)
During medication management with me, our first visit will consist of me listening to your concerns while obtaining a thorough history from you & assessing your needs and situation. I will provide clinical advice based on my expertise based on evidence based clinical data and studies and allowing you to participate actively in your treatment.
During medication management with me, our first visit will consist of me listening to your concerns while obtaining a thorough history from you & assessing your needs and situation. I will provide clinical advice based on my expertise based on evidence based clinical data and studies and allowing you to participate actively in your treatment.
(910) 541-5668 View (910) 541-5668
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Sunil K Bhatia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Do you have mental pain and every day life seems like a chore and trying harder doesn’t help? Do you feel helpless and hopeless most days and have trouble sleeping and enjoying the little pleasures of life? Do you dread waking up and not able to trust your near and dear? If you think you could answer “ yes” to these, you probably need a little psychiatric “ tune up”. Psychiatrist can help by altering your neurochemistry with medications and psychotherapy to correct your emotions, sleep and develop coping techniques. I have had extensive training in Psychopharmacology and Psychoanalysis. I have practiced psychiatry for 30 years.
Do you have mental pain and every day life seems like a chore and trying harder doesn’t help? Do you feel helpless and hopeless most days and have trouble sleeping and enjoying the little pleasures of life? Do you dread waking up and not able to trust your near and dear? If you think you could answer “ yes” to these, you probably need a little psychiatric “ tune up”. Psychiatrist can help by altering your neurochemistry with medications and psychotherapy to correct your emotions, sleep and develop coping techniques. I have had extensive training in Psychopharmacology and Psychoanalysis. I have practiced psychiatry for 30 years.
(864) 383-9766 View (864) 383-9766
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Rebecca Merli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730  (Online Only)
Rebecca Merli is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), with over 25 years of experience working in psychiatry. She is experienced in treating both the child/adolescent and adult population of patients needing assistance with mental health diagnosis and medication management. Rebecca does not perform traditional psychotherapy but will incorporate brief psychotherapy into scheduled appointments. Rebecca understands that each person is a unique individual who deserves the time and respect of being heard and will give each patient her individual attention to address their specific needs.
Rebecca Merli is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), with over 25 years of experience working in psychiatry. She is experienced in treating both the child/adolescent and adult population of patients needing assistance with mental health diagnosis and medication management. Rebecca does not perform traditional psychotherapy but will incorporate brief psychotherapy into scheduled appointments. Rebecca understands that each person is a unique individual who deserves the time and respect of being heard and will give each patient her individual attention to address their specific needs.
(803) 721-2914 View (803) 721-2914
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Kevin Cromer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Meet Kevin Cromer, a Spartanburg native deeply committed to the local mental health community since 2014. Starting as a registered nurse at Spartanburg Medical Center, Kevin's passion for mental health led him to pursue advanced education, becoming an ANCC-Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. With experience in both inpatient and outpatient care, he established Upstate Mental Health, LLC in January 2021, making history as Spartanburg's first Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-owned office in December 2021.
Meet Kevin Cromer, a Spartanburg native deeply committed to the local mental health community since 2014. Starting as a registered nurse at Spartanburg Medical Center, Kevin's passion for mental health led him to pursue advanced education, becoming an ANCC-Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. With experience in both inpatient and outpatient care, he established Upstate Mental Health, LLC in January 2021, making history as Spartanburg's first Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-owned office in December 2021.
(864) 689-3018 View (864) 689-3018

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Number of Psychiatrists in Travelers Rest, SC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Travelers Rest, SC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Travelers Rest, SC see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Travelers Rest?

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.