Psychiatrists in Atoka, TN

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Strong Foundation Behavioral Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Atoka, TN 38004
Life is a journey and sometimes it is a struggle. During difficult and overwhelming times it is important to reach out for help. At Strong Foundation we partner with you to help you regain quality of life. We strive at every visit to instill hope and focus on your unique qualities that only you possess.
Life is a journey and sometimes it is a struggle. During difficult and overwhelming times it is important to reach out for help. At Strong Foundation we partner with you to help you regain quality of life. We strive at every visit to instill hope and focus on your unique qualities that only you possess.
(901) 459-5596 View (901) 459-5596
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atoka, TN 38004
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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Tipton Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, TN 38011
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
(901) 910-1795 View (901) 910-1795

Online Psychiatrists

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Lea H Brainerd
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS, PCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders with a focus on at-home and retreat-based ketamine therapy for anxiety, depression, mood, trauma, addiction, and more. I utilize an integrative approach, collaborating with therapists and integration coaches to provide a holistic experience. My ideal client is dedicated to mental wellness and motivated to "do the work" required for healing. I serve clients via telehealth in TN, FL, and WY. My intention: To provide outstanding client care with trust, empathy, and compassion, empowering clients to awaken their inner healer and be free of the burdens that weigh them down.
I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders with a focus on at-home and retreat-based ketamine therapy for anxiety, depression, mood, trauma, addiction, and more. I utilize an integrative approach, collaborating with therapists and integration coaches to provide a holistic experience. My ideal client is dedicated to mental wellness and motivated to "do the work" required for healing. I serve clients via telehealth in TN, FL, and WY. My intention: To provide outstanding client care with trust, empathy, and compassion, empowering clients to awaken their inner healer and be free of the burdens that weigh them down.
(901) 390-5934 View (901) 390-5934
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Radiance Psychiatrics, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bartlett, TN 38134
Hello, I am Dr. Twila Worlock ARNP, DNP, PMHNP and I am here to help you with life's challenges that make it difficult to live your best life. Imagine overcoming the stress in your daily life whether it be ADHD, grief, depression, anxiety, PTSD, a mood disorder or even schizophrenia that you are dealing with. With counseling and medication management we can work through the stresses together. Now accepting new patients with immediate availability. Call today for your appointment.
Hello, I am Dr. Twila Worlock ARNP, DNP, PMHNP and I am here to help you with life's challenges that make it difficult to live your best life. Imagine overcoming the stress in your daily life whether it be ADHD, grief, depression, anxiety, PTSD, a mood disorder or even schizophrenia that you are dealing with. With counseling and medication management we can work through the stresses together. Now accepting new patients with immediate availability. Call today for your appointment.
(901) 699-4663 View (901) 699-4663
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Kimberly Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38115  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board-certified virtual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in Memphis Tennessee, with over 24 years of experience in the nursing industry.
Hello, I am a board-certified virtual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in Memphis Tennessee, with over 24 years of experience in the nursing industry.
(615) 802-4818 View (615) 802-4818
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Nga Huynh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cordova, TN 38018
I utilize a multidisciplinary approach to address the complex needs of my patients. I collaborate closely with other specialists, such as psychologists, speech-language therapists, and occupational therapists, to create personalized treatment plans that caters to the specific strengths and challenges of each individual. I offer a range of services, including diagnostic evaluations, medication management, behavioral interventions, and ECT.
I utilize a multidisciplinary approach to address the complex needs of my patients. I collaborate closely with other specialists, such as psychologists, speech-language therapists, and occupational therapists, to create personalized treatment plans that caters to the specific strengths and challenges of each individual. I offer a range of services, including diagnostic evaluations, medication management, behavioral interventions, and ECT.
(901) 716-8423 View (901) 716-8423
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Judy Beauregard Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerville, TN 38068
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 29 years of experience in the mental health field. I treat patients of all ages with diagnoses ranging from ADHD to Schizophrenia. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing. I treat all clients with respect and dignity. I offer in office and telehealth appointments, mobile services, evenings and weekend appointments, and mental health training/consultations for organizations. I offer relaxation groups, music, dance, and art therapy in a nonjudgemental environment. Call us at (901)466-6544 or 8232.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 29 years of experience in the mental health field. I treat patients of all ages with diagnoses ranging from ADHD to Schizophrenia. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing. I treat all clients with respect and dignity. I offer in office and telehealth appointments, mobile services, evenings and weekend appointments, and mental health training/consultations for organizations. I offer relaxation groups, music, dance, and art therapy in a nonjudgemental environment. Call us at (901)466-6544 or 8232.
(901) 641-1534 View (901) 641-1534
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Latasha Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120
Mental health disorders often go untreated & suppressed due to the stigma surrounding seeking help & treatment for mental health conditions. Symptoms often associated with depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, grief, attention deficit disorder can lead to disturbances in your personal and professional lives. Seeking professional help and treatment for mental health conditions can often be met with apprehension but at Peace of Mind Mental Health & Wellness Center, the goal is to ease that apprehension and provide a calm & stress free environment to meet your needs. We assure you will be seen and heard.
Mental health disorders often go untreated & suppressed due to the stigma surrounding seeking help & treatment for mental health conditions. Symptoms often associated with depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, grief, attention deficit disorder can lead to disturbances in your personal and professional lives. Seeking professional help and treatment for mental health conditions can often be met with apprehension but at Peace of Mind Mental Health & Wellness Center, the goal is to ease that apprehension and provide a calm & stress free environment to meet your needs. We assure you will be seen and heard.
(901) 673-8032 View (901) 673-8032
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Women's Mental Health Specialists
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38103  (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.
(615) 434-8624 View (615) 434-8624
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Tamika Beecham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38125
I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals and their families by providing a safe, nonjudgemental environment that fosters a strong therapeutic alliance. I thoroughly enjoy direct patient care and values the therapeutic relationship between patient/family and provider as the foundation for success in outpatient psychiatry. In this relationship, I will provide you with relevant education, knowledge, and resources to better assist you in your own unique journey to healing and recovery from mental illness to mental wellness.
I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals and their families by providing a safe, nonjudgemental environment that fosters a strong therapeutic alliance. I thoroughly enjoy direct patient care and values the therapeutic relationship between patient/family and provider as the foundation for success in outpatient psychiatry. In this relationship, I will provide you with relevant education, knowledge, and resources to better assist you in your own unique journey to healing and recovery from mental illness to mental wellness.
(901) 599-2670 View (901) 599-2670
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New Vision Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
New Vision Psychiatry was created to provide accessible mental health care to those in Memphis, Tennessee and surrounding areas. Our mission is to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health treatment, so that people of all ages feel comfortable seeking help. No more feeling unheard or waiting months for an appointment. We pride ourselves in working as a team with our clients and providing thorough and timely care.
New Vision Psychiatry was created to provide accessible mental health care to those in Memphis, Tennessee and surrounding areas. Our mission is to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health treatment, so that people of all ages feel comfortable seeking help. No more feeling unheard or waiting months for an appointment. We pride ourselves in working as a team with our clients and providing thorough and timely care.
(901) 660-5644 View (901) 660-5644
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Whitney Trotter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, RD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120  (Online Only)
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment to individuals struggling with various psychiatric conditions. Over the years, I have honed my skills in diagnosing, treating, and supporting patients through their mental health challenges, always striving to offer the highest standard of care. My clinical approach is holistic, considering the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence mental health. I believe in the power of a strong therapeutic alliance and work collaboratively with my patients
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment to individuals struggling with various psychiatric conditions. Over the years, I have honed my skills in diagnosing, treating, and supporting patients through their mental health challenges, always striving to offer the highest standard of care. My clinical approach is holistic, considering the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence mental health. I believe in the power of a strong therapeutic alliance and work collaboratively with my patients
(901) 660-8247 View (901) 660-8247
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bartlett, TN 38134  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in Tennessee. 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 Tennessee. 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.
(901) 676-8564 View (901) 676-8564
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Khristina Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, RN, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cordova, TN 38018
Memphis native Khristina Crawford is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds prescriptive authority in the state of Tennessee. Prior to pursuing her passion for nursing, she received her bachelor’s degree in both criminal justice and psychology and worked with children in the foster care system. Khristina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She obtained her Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama.
Memphis native Khristina Crawford is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds prescriptive authority in the state of Tennessee. Prior to pursuing her passion for nursing, she received her bachelor’s degree in both criminal justice and psychology and worked with children in the foster care system. Khristina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She obtained her Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama.
(901) 468-4157 View (901) 468-4157
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Dr. Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(601) 565-3908 View (601) 565-3908
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Jaquay Brister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38125  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I completed a 1 year residency at a VA Medical Center and have been practicing for 3 years. I collaborate closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, with a focus on promoting holistic wellness and empowering individuals to achieve their mental health goals.
Hello! I'm a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I completed a 1 year residency at a VA Medical Center and have been practicing for 3 years. I collaborate closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, with a focus on promoting holistic wellness and empowering individuals to achieve their mental health goals.
(901) 883-7760 View (901) 883-7760
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Tasma Robertson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305  (Online Only)
The Graham Approach, PLLC is a psychiatric practice established by Tasma Robertson, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. At The Graham Approach, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality psychiatric care to our patients in a supportive environment with a goal of improving quality of life.
The Graham Approach, PLLC is a psychiatric practice established by Tasma Robertson, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. At The Graham Approach, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality psychiatric care to our patients in a supportive environment with a goal of improving quality of life.
(731) 202-2952 View (731) 202-2952
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Strong Foundation Behavorial Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Ripley, TN 38063
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
(901) 403-0480 View (901) 403-0480
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Mandy Yount
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38103
I love helping people who have tried other providers in the past and left feeling unheard and unchanged. I find so much joy in connecting with people and being able to FINALLY find the right combination of care techniques to change someone's life. Have you struggled with depression for years and never found the right medication? Do you struggle with anxiety and feel you are missing out on life? Are you struggling to manage parenthood, a career and a marriage and feeling stagnant? I want to help you. I believe in kindness. Whether you need an ally or a prayer, I’ll be there. Visit my website to schedule an appointment today!
I love helping people who have tried other providers in the past and left feeling unheard and unchanged. I find so much joy in connecting with people and being able to FINALLY find the right combination of care techniques to change someone's life. Have you struggled with depression for years and never found the right medication? Do you struggle with anxiety and feel you are missing out on life? Are you struggling to manage parenthood, a career and a marriage and feeling stagnant? I want to help you. I believe in kindness. Whether you need an ally or a prayer, I’ll be there. Visit my website to schedule an appointment today!
(901) 350-4547 View (901) 350-4547

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Atoka, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Atoka, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Dissociative Disorders (DID)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% BHS | Behavioral Health Systems

How Psychiatrists in Atoka, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Atoka?

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.