Psychiatrists in Tennessee

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Photo of Dr. Seth Thompson, Psychiatrist in Tennessee
Dr. Seth Thompson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Dr. Seth Thompson is a board-certified psychiatrist with an expertise in Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Addictive Medicine. He completed his medical residency training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine where he had the opportunity to train with a diverse population of both providers and patients. He continues to reside in the eastern portion of Tennessee providing care for patients from a large swath and catchment area of southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern and middle Tennessee, and northwest North Carolina.
Dr. Seth Thompson is a board-certified psychiatrist with an expertise in Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Addictive Medicine. He completed his medical residency training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine where he had the opportunity to train with a diverse population of both providers and patients. He continues to reside in the eastern portion of Tennessee providing care for patients from a large swath and catchment area of southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern and middle Tennessee, and northwest North Carolina.
(615) 558-4175 View (615) 558-4175
Photo of Erika Bales, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Erika Bales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37932  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
(629) 276-5592 View (629) 276-5592
Photo of Lea H Brainerd, Physician Assistant in Tennessee
Lea H Brainerd
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS, PCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in diagnosing and carefully treating mental health/psychiatric disorders and co-occurring medical disorders with a fully integrative approach. I serve clients via telehealth only in Tennessee, Florida, and Wyoming (in-person care in Memphis, TN). My intention is to provide outstanding patient care with an unmatched bedside manner that includes individualized, holistic treatment plans for overall health and well-being.
I specialize in diagnosing and carefully treating mental health/psychiatric disorders and co-occurring medical disorders with a fully integrative approach. I serve clients via telehealth only in Tennessee, Florida, and Wyoming (in-person care in Memphis, TN). My intention is to provide outstanding patient care with an unmatched bedside manner that includes individualized, holistic treatment plans for overall health and well-being.
(901) 390-5934 View (901) 390-5934
Photo of Brandee Madden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Brandee Madden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, RN
Verified
Madison, TN 37115
GateHouse Treatment is a drug and alcohol rehab center in the Nashville, Tennessee area. We offer Partial Hospitalization (PHP,) Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) services with an associated sober living component to help our clients achieve sobriety. Our medical professionals and staff are focused on the full recovery of the clients that walk through our doors. With decades of experience on the front lines of treating addiction, our professional and certified staff are well equipped to help empower our patients to overcome the helplessness, despair, and guilt that is common with substance abuse.
GateHouse Treatment is a drug and alcohol rehab center in the Nashville, Tennessee area. We offer Partial Hospitalization (PHP,) Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) services with an associated sober living component to help our clients achieve sobriety. Our medical professionals and staff are focused on the full recovery of the clients that walk through our doors. With decades of experience on the front lines of treating addiction, our professional and certified staff are well equipped to help empower our patients to overcome the helplessness, despair, and guilt that is common with substance abuse.
(629) 200-6626 View (629) 200-6626
Photo of Luis Dulin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Luis Dulin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health. Our practice treats mental health conditions across the lifespan including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Addiction Issues. Luis Dulin is fluent in Spanish and offers culturally sensitive care, however an interpreter will be necessary to schedule the initial appointment with the front desk to begin treatment.
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health. Our practice treats mental health conditions across the lifespan including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Addiction Issues. Luis Dulin is fluent in Spanish and offers culturally sensitive care, however an interpreter will be necessary to schedule the initial appointment with the front desk to begin treatment.
(629) 222-9927 View (629) 222-9927
Photo of Kindril Climer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Kindril Climer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Kindril is a certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Originally from the Midwest, she has called TN home since 2007. Kindril previously practiced in primary and palliative care prior to transitioning to psychiatry, where she treats mental health concerns across the lifespan. In her free time, Kindril enjoys spending time with family and hiking. She approaches mental health holistically, and you can expect to discuss medication options, as well as overall approaches to health and wellness during your appointment.
Kindril is a certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Originally from the Midwest, she has called TN home since 2007. Kindril previously practiced in primary and palliative care prior to transitioning to psychiatry, where she treats mental health concerns across the lifespan. In her free time, Kindril enjoys spending time with family and hiking. She approaches mental health holistically, and you can expect to discuss medication options, as well as overall approaches to health and wellness during your appointment.
(865) 505-7885 View (865) 505-7885
Photo of Tonya McCarroll, Psychiatric Nurse in Tennessee
Tonya McCarroll
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified
Knoxville, TN 37934
Tonya McCarroll is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2023. Tonya approaches each patient with empathy and active listening. She embraces patient-centered care by involving the patient in their care plan and respecting their autonomy. Tonya maintains clear communication and fosters a non-judgmental atmosphere. Outside of work, Tonya loves to watch movies and read mystery books. She also loves spending time with her family and her dogs!
Tonya McCarroll is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2023. Tonya approaches each patient with empathy and active listening. She embraces patient-centered care by involving the patient in their care plan and respecting their autonomy. Tonya maintains clear communication and fosters a non-judgmental atmosphere. Outside of work, Tonya loves to watch movies and read mystery books. She also loves spending time with her family and her dogs!
(865) 424-1283 View (865) 424-1283
Photo of Hannah Street, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Hannah Street
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204  (Online Only)
I am so eager to be a resource to you and our community about treating mental health! If you or your child are struggling with their mental health, I am here to guide you to success using medication management as a tool. You and I will work together as a team by designing a treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals in a holistic manner so you can obtain better health mentally, physically, and spiritually. You are not alone in this journey. If you would like to book an appointment with me, go to www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment.
I am so eager to be a resource to you and our community about treating mental health! If you or your child are struggling with their mental health, I am here to guide you to success using medication management as a tool. You and I will work together as a team by designing a treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals in a holistic manner so you can obtain better health mentally, physically, and spiritually. You are not alone in this journey. If you would like to book an appointment with me, go to www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment.
(629) 465-4388 View (629) 465-4388
Photo of Karyn L Brown, Psychiatrist in Tennessee
Karyn L Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
**I am unable to accept new patients at this time** As a physician, my goal is to perform a thorough diagnostic examination and to develop a treatment plan that allows for improvement in daily quality of life and function. Psychiatric care is my specialty area, but I believe in treating patients as a whole and considering how other medical conditions may be affecting a person's overall mental health.
**I am unable to accept new patients at this time** As a physician, my goal is to perform a thorough diagnostic examination and to develop a treatment plan that allows for improvement in daily quality of life and function. Psychiatric care is my specialty area, but I believe in treating patients as a whole and considering how other medical conditions may be affecting a person's overall mental health.
(615) 645-3383 View (615) 645-3383
Photo of Laura Holt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Laura Holt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
Our team at Vertava Health focuses on evidence-based, person-centered treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. We tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs which may include medication management, individual therapy, and intensive outpatient programs. I work closely with the therapists to determine if and when medications may be appropriate to help relieve symptoms and assist in the treatment process.
Our team at Vertava Health focuses on evidence-based, person-centered treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. We tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs which may include medication management, individual therapy, and intensive outpatient programs. I work closely with the therapists to determine if and when medications may be appropriate to help relieve symptoms and assist in the treatment process.
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Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Tennessee
Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Nashville, TN 37219
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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David Kirk Barton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
I provide professional, personal, and accessible psychiatric care. I have a home office, and my office phone number connects to my cellular phone. I am able to schedule patients/clients for initial evaluations within a few days of an initial call, if we decide that we might be a good fit and that we might be able to partner in accomplishing good work. My approach to mental health is both psychotherapeutic and medical —and requires the engagement of the whole person in an honest, thoughtful, and meaningful search for solutions to life's difficulties and problems.
I provide professional, personal, and accessible psychiatric care. I have a home office, and my office phone number connects to my cellular phone. I am able to schedule patients/clients for initial evaluations within a few days of an initial call, if we decide that we might be a good fit and that we might be able to partner in accomplishing good work. My approach to mental health is both psychotherapeutic and medical —and requires the engagement of the whole person in an honest, thoughtful, and meaningful search for solutions to life's difficulties and problems.
(615) 237-7285 View (615) 237-7285
Photo of Lori Dickson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Lori Dickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Clarksville, TN 37043
I have worked extensively in many areas in psychiatry these include community mental health, the prison system, and consultations for medical patients in the Ascension hospital system. I also worked doing consults in long-term care facilities and was the main provider for an inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit in the hospital setting. I have worked with patients from age 3 to 101 years of age.
I have worked extensively in many areas in psychiatry these include community mental health, the prison system, and consultations for medical patients in the Ascension hospital system. I also worked doing consults in long-term care facilities and was the main provider for an inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit in the hospital setting. I have worked with patients from age 3 to 101 years of age.
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Photo of Ali Wittenberg, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Ali Wittenberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
I aim to provide individualized care to help folks feel like themselves again. I’m acutely aware that psychiatric care is intimidating, so I invite you to look at our first appointment as a chat where you tell me all about yourself—your interests, the important people in your life and what it’s like to be you. After getting to know you, we can come up with a plan that may include medication or nonpharmacologic treatments like psychotherapy or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). I offer all three of these services at the clinic, and it is my goal to work with you to achieve your treatment goals.
I aim to provide individualized care to help folks feel like themselves again. I’m acutely aware that psychiatric care is intimidating, so I invite you to look at our first appointment as a chat where you tell me all about yourself—your interests, the important people in your life and what it’s like to be you. After getting to know you, we can come up with a plan that may include medication or nonpharmacologic treatments like psychotherapy or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). I offer all three of these services at the clinic, and it is my goal to work with you to achieve your treatment goals.
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Photo of Shahid Ali, Psychiatrist in Tennessee
Shahid Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Franklin, TN 37067
Shahid Ali, MD, Gold Medalists is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Ali utilizes Buprenorphine to assist patients struggling with opioid use disorder. In addition to medication assisted treatment Dr. Ali works with patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, offers medication management for Bi-polar and mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and anxiety disorders.
Shahid Ali, MD, Gold Medalists is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Ali utilizes Buprenorphine to assist patients struggling with opioid use disorder. In addition to medication assisted treatment Dr. Ali works with patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, offers medication management for Bi-polar and mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and anxiety disorders.
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Photo of John Pearson Redmond, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
John Pearson Redmond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified
Cordova, TN 38018
My goal is that each client that I see feels they were seen, heard, understood and received personalized care. The issue I hear the most from patients' is that they were rushed by other providers in healthcare. At Pathways you are not a number. It is our mission that you feel valued for who you are. Our goal is to meet you where you are an assist you in moving forward on your path in life.
My goal is that each client that I see feels they were seen, heard, understood and received personalized care. The issue I hear the most from patients' is that they were rushed by other providers in healthcare. At Pathways you are not a number. It is our mission that you feel valued for who you are. Our goal is to meet you where you are an assist you in moving forward on your path in life.
(901) 390-9151 View (901) 390-9151
Photo of Resa Noe-Norman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Resa Noe-Norman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Knoxville, TN 37909
Resa Noe-Norman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2012. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Resa offers her clients unconditional positive regard. Outside of work, Resa enjoys spending time with her animals, including 3 dogs, 7 bunnies and fish. She enjoys working out, dancing and gymnastics.
Resa Noe-Norman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2012. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Resa offers her clients unconditional positive regard. Outside of work, Resa enjoys spending time with her animals, including 3 dogs, 7 bunnies and fish. She enjoys working out, dancing and gymnastics.
(865) 375-8727 View (865) 375-8727
Photo of Women's Mental Health Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Women's Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified
Nashville, TN 37211  (Online Only)
I help women from all walks of life who are struggling with lifecycle events and ongoing mental health illnesses. I understand that you need support, help determining what is normal, and someone to help you get unstuck. All of my clients deserve to be happy and live a fulfilling life. I work hard to help you achieve your goals.
I help women from all walks of life who are struggling with lifecycle events and ongoing mental health illnesses. I understand that you need support, help determining what is normal, and someone to help you get unstuck. All of my clients deserve to be happy and live a fulfilling life. I work hard to help you achieve your goals.
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Photo of Crystal Kirby, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Crystal Kirby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Welcoming new patients in-person or thru telemedicine; commercial insurance accepted. Crystal offers medication management for mental health, with her aim to help you to thrive at your best! Are you in need of evaluation and medication management from someone who will listen carefully to your concerns? Crystal incorporates a holistic approach that encompasses your unique physical and mental health needs. You can conveniently book an appointment and typically be seen within two weeks. Telemedicine appointments are also offered for flexibility!
Welcoming new patients in-person or thru telemedicine; commercial insurance accepted. Crystal offers medication management for mental health, with her aim to help you to thrive at your best! Are you in need of evaluation and medication management from someone who will listen carefully to your concerns? Crystal incorporates a holistic approach that encompasses your unique physical and mental health needs. You can conveniently book an appointment and typically be seen within two weeks. Telemedicine appointments are also offered for flexibility!
(615) 789-1442 View (615) 789-1442
Photo of Tory Woodard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee
Tory Woodard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in Tennessee who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
81% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
78% Trauma and PTSD
71% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
87% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Tennessee see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tennessee?

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.