Psychiatrists in Burns, TN

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Elite Psychiatry of Tennessee
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Burns, TN 37029  (Online Only)
What sets Elite Psychiatry apart? This is a locally owned practice where you will have continuous and personalized care with the same provider every visit, which is essential for appropriate diagnosis and medication management. We offer compassionate care without judgement; you will feel heard. This is your journey. You will have to put the work in, but we are here to help and pride ourselves on being as invested as you are!
What sets Elite Psychiatry apart? This is a locally owned practice where you will have continuous and personalized care with the same provider every visit, which is essential for appropriate diagnosis and medication management. We offer compassionate care without judgement; you will feel heard. This is your journey. You will have to put the work in, but we are here to help and pride ourselves on being as invested as you are!
(615) 637-3131 View (615) 637-3131

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LaTasha Mcvey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dickson, TN 37055
Hello! My name is Tasha McVey and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders. I started my calling to help these individuals with my first degree, a bachelors in Psychology, from Mississippi State University. I later attended nursing school at Northeast MS Community College, and then continued my nursing education with a Master of Science Nursing degree, with a concentration in psychiatric mental health. I am currently accepting new clients. - Tasha!
Hello! My name is Tasha McVey and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders. I started my calling to help these individuals with my first degree, a bachelors in Psychology, from Mississippi State University. I later attended nursing school at Northeast MS Community College, and then continued my nursing education with a Master of Science Nursing degree, with a concentration in psychiatric mental health. I am currently accepting new clients. - Tasha!
(931) 408-9850 View (931) 408-9850
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Brandon D Teeftaller
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dickson, TN 37055
I specialize in treating a wide variety of mental illness in adolescents and adults. In the last 20 years, I have developed a special interest in helping individuals achieve personal goals. I support and assist clients to develop a healthy self. It is my goal each day to help individuals improve their daily functioning. I believe the combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy offers clients the best tools for success. I work hard with each client offering my expertise in both areas to maximize his/her potential for holistic growth.
I specialize in treating a wide variety of mental illness in adolescents and adults. In the last 20 years, I have developed a special interest in helping individuals achieve personal goals. I support and assist clients to develop a healthy self. It is my goal each day to help individuals improve their daily functioning. I believe the combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy offers clients the best tools for success. I work hard with each client offering my expertise in both areas to maximize his/her potential for holistic growth.
(615) 745-1107 View (615) 745-1107

Online Psychiatrists

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Diana Santiago
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
Dr. Santiago is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Her treatment is provided in English or Spanish. Serving the States of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Appointments are available via telemedicine, at the comfort of your home or your own space. In Person appointments available in GA only.
Dr. Santiago is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Her treatment is provided in English or Spanish. Serving the States of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Appointments are available via telemedicine, at the comfort of your home or your own space. In Person appointments available in GA only.
(678) 647-6396 View (678) 647-6396
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Candice Schrodetzki | Anxiety Depression Ptsd | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Stella Center with over five years of experience in the field. I offer medical and biopsychosocial assessments to help guide you through your care journey. I specialize in treating mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and PTSD with biological treatments like the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), ketamine infusion therapy, and more. I take a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern-day therapies.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Stella Center with over five years of experience in the field. I offer medical and biopsychosocial assessments to help guide you through your care journey. I specialize in treating mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and PTSD with biological treatments like the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), ketamine infusion therapy, and more. I take a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern-day therapies.
(708) 627-2613 View (708) 627-2613
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Dr. Chris Lombardi | IntelePsych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nolensville, TN 37135  (Online Only)
Life can feel overwhelming at times - and so can seeking mental health care. At IntelePsych, we want you to feel comfortable from the very first time you call our office. Dr. Lombardi, our board-certified M.D., takes a holistic approach, tailoring your individualized care to include medication, therapy, or both. So whether you have anxiety, depression, bipolar, motivation issues, ADHD, PTSD, or other struggles, we're here to help you live your best life.
Life can feel overwhelming at times - and so can seeking mental health care. At IntelePsych, we want you to feel comfortable from the very first time you call our office. Dr. Lombardi, our board-certified M.D., takes a holistic approach, tailoring your individualized care to include medication, therapy, or both. So whether you have anxiety, depression, bipolar, motivation issues, ADHD, PTSD, or other struggles, we're here to help you live your best life.
(615) 805-5996 View (615) 805-5996
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Shristi Shrestha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Dr. Shrestha is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, proficient in treating clients who are 15 years and older. She holds a very strong belief in healing work with her clients through an integrative wellness approach. This holistic method to healing work combines medical treatment, psychotherapy, pharmacogenetics, the physical domain, and spiritual domain, for a truly holistic approach. Dr. Shrestha helps her clients struggling with problems regarding life stressors, adjustment issues, maladaptive coping skills, emotional turmoil, and learning deficiencies.
Dr. Shrestha is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, proficient in treating clients who are 15 years and older. She holds a very strong belief in healing work with her clients through an integrative wellness approach. This holistic method to healing work combines medical treatment, psychotherapy, pharmacogenetics, the physical domain, and spiritual domain, for a truly holistic approach. Dr. Shrestha helps her clients struggling with problems regarding life stressors, adjustment issues, maladaptive coping skills, emotional turmoil, and learning deficiencies.
(615) 265-0982 View (615) 265-0982
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Judy Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Judy Allen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She is also Board Certified. Judy has more than 29 years of experience providing care to those suffering from mental illness. She treats clients with compassion, respect, and dignity, while meeting them where they are. She takes the time to get to know the client so she can treat the person and not just the disorder. In her spare time, Judy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking.
Judy Allen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She is also Board Certified. Judy has more than 29 years of experience providing care to those suffering from mental illness. She treats clients with compassion, respect, and dignity, while meeting them where they are. She takes the time to get to know the client so she can treat the person and not just the disorder. In her spare time, Judy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking.
(615) 437-8135 View (615) 437-8135
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InSight Recovery & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
(615) 437-9643 View (615) 437-9643
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LeTizia Baxter Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076
Welcome! I am proud of you for taking the first step in reaching out for help. I would be honored to hear your story and walk along side you in your healing journey. With over 17 years of experience in the mental health field, I have a variety of tools and knowledge to turn to in order to help assist you with overcoming whatever obstacles you feel are in your way. I am here to help you put all the pieces back together, and get you to the place you deserve to be.
Welcome! I am proud of you for taking the first step in reaching out for help. I would be honored to hear your story and walk along side you in your healing journey. With over 17 years of experience in the mental health field, I have a variety of tools and knowledge to turn to in order to help assist you with overcoming whatever obstacles you feel are in your way. I am here to help you put all the pieces back together, and get you to the place you deserve to be.
(629) 262-5096 View (629) 262-5096
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Teresa Arnold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 6 years of nursing experience and 2 years of experience in psychiatry. My nursing background is in critical care, and I have experience treating high-acuity and high-risk patient populations across neurological, surgical, medical, trauma, and cardiac intensive-care settings. I transitioned into psychiatry due to my experience with vulnerable mentally ill and substance -addicted populations experiencing acute illness as a result of many years without adequate psychiatric care.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 6 years of nursing experience and 2 years of experience in psychiatry. My nursing background is in critical care, and I have experience treating high-acuity and high-risk patient populations across neurological, surgical, medical, trauma, and cardiac intensive-care settings. I transitioned into psychiatry due to my experience with vulnerable mentally ill and substance -addicted populations experiencing acute illness as a result of many years without adequate psychiatric care.
(615) 437-9767 View (615) 437-9767
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Kerrie Wilder - Women's Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37211  (Online Only)
My goals are to help you feel your best, in all areas of your life! Whether you have had mental health struggles before or are seeking mental health support for the first time. I have firsthand experience and knowledge of the options available - from complex medication management to therapy options. Together we can close the gap between mental and physical healthcare.
My goals are to help you feel your best, in all areas of your life! Whether you have had mental health struggles before or are seeking mental health support for the first time. I have firsthand experience and knowledge of the options available - from complex medication management to therapy options. Together we can close the gap between mental and physical healthcare.
(615) 551-5318 View (615) 551-5318
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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MB, BHC, BAO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
(731) 467-5515 View (731) 467-5515
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Anne Rankin Meade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN, MSN
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
I believe every human being holds within them the ability to grow and become the happiest healthiest version of themselves, and I supply guidance, information and individual support in helping my clients do so. I have a profoundly expansive experience base in assessing, evaluating and treating mood disorders, learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, thought disorders and more. I’ve seen clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and/or therapy, using a myriad of frameworks from CBT to supportive therapy, to REBT, and more.
I believe every human being holds within them the ability to grow and become the happiest healthiest version of themselves, and I supply guidance, information and individual support in helping my clients do so. I have a profoundly expansive experience base in assessing, evaluating and treating mood disorders, learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, thought disorders and more. I’ve seen clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and/or therapy, using a myriad of frameworks from CBT to supportive therapy, to REBT, and more.
(615) 701-6892 View (615) 701-6892
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Caroline Drake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Stacie (Caroline) Drake, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-BC. She practices with the belief that people need empathy, compassion, and the whole person understanding to live authentically. Caroline meets patients where they are. She treats mental health issues holistically from a patient-centered perspective: Supportive Therapy, Medications, Patient Education, and Integrative Natural Approaches Caroline is a graduate of Maryville University in St Louis, MO; she graduated Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; She is also a member of the American Nurses Association.
Stacie (Caroline) Drake, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-BC. She practices with the belief that people need empathy, compassion, and the whole person understanding to live authentically. Caroline meets patients where they are. She treats mental health issues holistically from a patient-centered perspective: Supportive Therapy, Medications, Patient Education, and Integrative Natural Approaches Caroline is a graduate of Maryville University in St Louis, MO; she graduated Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; She is also a member of the American Nurses Association.
(615) 240-2397 View (615) 240-2397
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Trey Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Trey is double board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Trey’s experience ranges from inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Trey specializes in depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Trey is accepting new clients to help you with your mental health journey.
Trey is double board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Trey’s experience ranges from inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Trey specializes in depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Trey is accepting new clients to help you with your mental health journey.
(615) 205-8905 View (615) 205-8905
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Deanna Martin
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
(615) 437-3118 View (615) 437-3118
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Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37218
Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry has over 40 years of experience in psychotic disorders, substance abuse, addiction, mood disorders, and trauma. He is a nationally recognized psychiatrist with an extensive resume, and is currently the medical director at Saint Thomas Behavioral Health. He continues a private practice to help even more people achieve wellness and live to their full potential.
Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry has over 40 years of experience in psychotic disorders, substance abuse, addiction, mood disorders, and trauma. He is a nationally recognized psychiatrist with an extensive resume, and is currently the medical director at Saint Thomas Behavioral Health. He continues a private practice to help even more people achieve wellness and live to their full potential.
(615) 729-7966 View (615) 729-7966
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Chanel Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
As a provider who is neurodivergent, queer, and Black, I know I provide a unique perspective when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. If you are tired of rushed appointments that do not get to the root of your distress, then you are ready for an integrative approach! I work primarily with young adults of various backgrounds with emphasis on BIPOC and queer/questioning/transgender folx. I work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medications, herbal alternatives/supplements, and psychotherapy to empower your journey to sustainable wellness. +I do not accept insurance at this time+
As a provider who is neurodivergent, queer, and Black, I know I provide a unique perspective when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. If you are tired of rushed appointments that do not get to the root of your distress, then you are ready for an integrative approach! I work primarily with young adults of various backgrounds with emphasis on BIPOC and queer/questioning/transgender folx. I work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medications, herbal alternatives/supplements, and psychotherapy to empower your journey to sustainable wellness. +I do not accept insurance at this time+
(615) 437-8506 View (615) 437-8506
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Ben Leven
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
We can work together to treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, setting boundaries, and PTSD by offering personalized treatment that gets to the root of the problem. You may have been struggling recently with mood symptoms or your focus, and want to get back on track. We can work together to get with individualized treatment options, such as medication, supplements, behavior change, labs, and talk therapy.
We can work together to treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, setting boundaries, and PTSD by offering personalized treatment that gets to the root of the problem. You may have been struggling recently with mood symptoms or your focus, and want to get back on track. We can work together to get with individualized treatment options, such as medication, supplements, behavior change, labs, and talk therapy.
(615) 903-5193 View (615) 903-5193

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Number of Psychiatrists in Burns, TN

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Psychiatrists in Burns, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis

Gender breakdown

100% Male

How Psychiatrists in Burns, TN see their clients

100% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Burns?

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.