Psychiatrists in Brighton, TN

Photo of Ashley Lynn Jenkins - Tipton Psychiatry, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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

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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
Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, MD, Psychiatrist
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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Photo of Tamika Beecham, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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Adam Nanaa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
Adam Nanaa MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice and patient centered focus driven treatment. Primarily dealing with medication management, he is adept at dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, PTSD and more in adults and adolescents/children. Initial consults and follow up care are provided both in-person and through remote telepsychiatry. Accepting new patients.
Adam Nanaa MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice and patient centered focus driven treatment. Primarily dealing with medication management, he is adept at dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, PTSD and more in adults and adolescents/children. Initial consults and follow up care are provided both in-person and through remote telepsychiatry. Accepting new patients.
(901) 899-5095 View (901) 899-5095
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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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Tracey Epperson Puckett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jackson, TN 38301
Hello! My name is Tracey Puckett. I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the owner of Vitality Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC. My education allows me to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with an emphasis on intervention through psychiatric medication and therapy. My goal is to minimize the symptoms of my patients while promoting a higher level of functioning and quality of life. It's my belief that medications combined with individual and/or group therapy provides someone the opportunity to meet these goals. I welcome clients of all ages, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds.
Hello! My name is Tracey Puckett. I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the owner of Vitality Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC. My education allows me to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with an emphasis on intervention through psychiatric medication and therapy. My goal is to minimize the symptoms of my patients while promoting a higher level of functioning and quality of life. It's my belief that medications combined with individual and/or group therapy provides someone the opportunity to meet these goals. I welcome clients of all ages, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds.
(731) 206-2423 View (731) 206-2423
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Marilynn Yvette Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(629) 276-7331 View (629) 276-7331
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Marilynn Yvette Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38109  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Marilynn Richardson. I am a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I received my master's from Walden, University in 2020. I have a deep commitment to compassionate and effective care. I provide medication management for adults 18 and older for symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. I provide comprehensive, patient-centered care that addresses both the psychological and physical aspects of mental health. I help clients manage their conditions effectively and improve their overall well-being.
Hello, I am Marilynn Richardson. I am a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I received my master's from Walden, University in 2020. I have a deep commitment to compassionate and effective care. I provide medication management for adults 18 and older for symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. I provide comprehensive, patient-centered care that addresses both the psychological and physical aspects of mental health. I help clients manage their conditions effectively and improve their overall well-being.
(901) 665-5247 View (901) 665-5247
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Judy Beauregard Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 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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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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Chandra Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38134  (Online Only)
At PRC Psychiatry, PLLC., we provide holistic and coordinated care tailored to address your physical, emotional, and social needs. Our commitment is to foster a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment where you are heard, respected, and supported. Led by Chandra Price, a double-boarded family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, our telepsychiatry practice offers psychiatric diagnosis and evidence-based psychopharmacological treatment to clients in Tennessee. Chandra's professional focus lies in integrated behavioral health, ensuring personalized care for each individual.
At PRC Psychiatry, PLLC., we provide holistic and coordinated care tailored to address your physical, emotional, and social needs. Our commitment is to foster a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment where you are heard, respected, and supported. Led by Chandra Price, a double-boarded family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, our telepsychiatry practice offers psychiatric diagnosis and evidence-based psychopharmacological treatment to clients in Tennessee. Chandra's professional focus lies in integrated behavioral health, ensuring personalized care for each individual.
(901) 582-8959 View (901) 582-8959
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Asparkle Inclusive Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cordova, TN 38016
Each individual comes with unique qualities and challenges, while teaming with you we will always strive to provide a holistic centered treatment plan
Each individual comes with unique qualities and challenges, while teaming with you we will always strive to provide a holistic centered treatment plan
(901) 401-9517 View (901) 401-9517
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Melanie Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: psycheplus.net. I am not able to respond directly via phone or this profile. This is NOT just another appointment! My clients are seeking more holistic treatment to better their mental and emotional health. They are willing to actively work with me to develop mindset shifts. They are interested in thinking outside of the box and looking to compliment medical science with ancient wisdom. My clients are often students, professionals, parents, and entrepreneurs. My clients want more healing options, giving them the best chances at feeling better.
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: psycheplus.net. I am not able to respond directly via phone or this profile. This is NOT just another appointment! My clients are seeking more holistic treatment to better their mental and emotional health. They are willing to actively work with me to develop mindset shifts. They are interested in thinking outside of the box and looking to compliment medical science with ancient wisdom. My clients are often students, professionals, parents, and entrepreneurs. My clients want more healing options, giving them the best chances at feeling better.
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Photo of Latasha Garrett, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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Simonpeter Emokpaire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my practice focuses on comprehensive care across all age groups, specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychotic disorders. I have a particular interest in integrating medication management with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to enhance treatment outcomes, especially for mood disorders.
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my practice focuses on comprehensive care across all age groups, specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychotic disorders. I have a particular interest in integrating medication management with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to enhance treatment outcomes, especially for mood disorders.
(832) 346-8022 View (832) 346-8022
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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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Breianne Chisholm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , CCHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerville, TN 38068
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 19 years of experience in the healthcare field. I am passionate about providing compassionate, evidence-based care to help you achieve your mental health goals. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges, I'm here to support you on your journey to wellness.
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 19 years of experience in the healthcare field. I am passionate about providing compassionate, evidence-based care to help you achieve your mental health goals. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges, I'm here to support you on your journey to wellness.
(901) 673-8068 View (901) 673-8068
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Lekisha Pride
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Cordova, TN 38018
I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in caring for individuals facing a wide range of mental health challenges. My journey to becoming a PMHNP-BC was driven by a deep desire to advocate for and support those struggling with mental health concerns. I provide total care for conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and more.
I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in caring for individuals facing a wide range of mental health challenges. My journey to becoming a PMHNP-BC was driven by a deep desire to advocate for and support those struggling with mental health concerns. I provide total care for conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and more.
(901) 519-4763 View (901) 519-4763
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Jaquay Brister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38138  (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. When not in clinic, I also work as a professor in a DNP: Mental Health program. In practice, 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. When not in clinic, I also work as a professor in a DNP: Mental Health program. In practice, 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) 657-6459 View (901) 657-6459

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Brighton, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Brighton, TN who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicaid

How Psychiatrists in Brighton, 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 Brighton?

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.