Psychiatrists in Chattanooga, TN

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37408
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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Dr Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37404  (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.
(423) 592-5752 View (423) 592-5752
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Darrin Bartell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37421
My ideal client is someone seeking support for mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or mood disorders. They may need help managing symptoms, understanding their condition, or navigating medication decisions. Their goals include achieving stability, improving daily functioning, and enhancing their overall quality of life. They aspire to live a balanced life, where mental health challenges are effectively managed and wellness is a priority.
My ideal client is someone seeking support for mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or mood disorders. They may need help managing symptoms, understanding their condition, or navigating medication decisions. Their goals include achieving stability, improving daily functioning, and enhancing their overall quality of life. They aspire to live a balanced life, where mental health challenges are effectively managed and wellness is a priority.
(423) 529-5122 View (423) 529-5122
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Jason C. Pooler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37408
Integrative Psychiatry is intended to do more than help you manage your symptoms. It is designed to help you live a complete, healthy, fulfilling life. Dr. Pooler will collaborate with you to identify potential factors and contributors to your mental health. This collaboration may include blood work, genetic testing, assessment of gut function, and hormone panels, to name a few. The results of these tests and discussions will help to formulate your specific treatment plan. Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, stress reduction techniques, exercise regimens, trauma therapy, diet changes, and more can all be part of your treatment plan.
Integrative Psychiatry is intended to do more than help you manage your symptoms. It is designed to help you live a complete, healthy, fulfilling life. Dr. Pooler will collaborate with you to identify potential factors and contributors to your mental health. This collaboration may include blood work, genetic testing, assessment of gut function, and hormone panels, to name a few. The results of these tests and discussions will help to formulate your specific treatment plan. Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, stress reduction techniques, exercise regimens, trauma therapy, diet changes, and more can all be part of your treatment plan.
(423) 205-1039 View (423) 205-1039
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Gundu Reddy (Online Psychiatrist)
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chattanooga, TN 37412  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
(423) 818-9306 View (423) 818-9306
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Denise Y O'Neil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37421
I am dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner here to help you make the best decision in regard to your mental health. I am a compassionate provider who encourages my clients to actively participate in the decision-making process, which results in autonomy, empowerment, and overall improvement in their wellbeing. If you find yourself wondering if medication may be an option for you and/or if you think you may need an adjustment to your current medication regimen, give me a call. We can work together to get your questions answered and determine the best approach for you.
I am dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner here to help you make the best decision in regard to your mental health. I am a compassionate provider who encourages my clients to actively participate in the decision-making process, which results in autonomy, empowerment, and overall improvement in their wellbeing. If you find yourself wondering if medication may be an option for you and/or if you think you may need an adjustment to your current medication regimen, give me a call. We can work together to get your questions answered and determine the best approach for you.
(423) 560-7180 View (423) 560-7180
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Melissa S
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37402  (Online Only)
Hey! I am Melissa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have served a diverse population in my 20 years of nursing. I love them all however I have a special passion for people who are experiencing depression and anxiety. Shame and guilt. Lost or broken. Hopeless. Looking for direction. I dream of starting a Street Medicine clinic one day so that mental health care can be available to everyone.
Hey! I am Melissa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have served a diverse population in my 20 years of nursing. I love them all however I have a special passion for people who are experiencing depression and anxiety. Shame and guilt. Lost or broken. Hopeless. Looking for direction. I dream of starting a Street Medicine clinic one day so that mental health care can be available to everyone.
(423) 455-8610 View (423) 455-8610
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Monique Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chattanooga, TN 37402  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Accepting New Patients MAY 2024. Sometimes it's hard to accept that you may need more than "a little help" and do not know where to start. Maybe you are beyond that stage and is looking for the right fit to continue your psychiatric needs; If you are looking for a warm, non judgmental atmosphere where your treatment is looked as a partnership, then you have made the right choice. Complete the intake form at www.drscottnp.com/intake-form
Accepting New Patients MAY 2024. Sometimes it's hard to accept that you may need more than "a little help" and do not know where to start. Maybe you are beyond that stage and is looking for the right fit to continue your psychiatric needs; If you are looking for a warm, non judgmental atmosphere where your treatment is looked as a partnership, then you have made the right choice. Complete the intake form at www.drscottnp.com/intake-form
(845) 630-0834 View (845) 630-0834
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Kerrie Wilder - Women's Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chattanooga, TN 37408  (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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River City Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Not Verified Not Verified
2 Endorsed
Chattanooga, TN 37421
We are here to help you with your mental health needs. Our Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant are experienced working with a wide range of mental health conditions and we also have multiple therapists on-site for counseling services.
We are here to help you with your mental health needs. Our Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant are experienced working with a wide range of mental health conditions and we also have multiple therapists on-site for counseling services.
(423) 401-9315 View (423) 401-9315
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Sarah McKinley Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ACNP-BC, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37405  (Online Only)
Sarah welcomes you to a safe space where you can feel confident that she will work with you to achieve optimal results. She has experience meeting with clients to formulate a comprehensive plan of care that considers your concerns, values, and health history. Sarah has over 10 years of experience treating patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs, working together with clients and families to achieve their best overall health. She has a special interest in holistic treatment, integrating all aspects of health. We believe in Diversity and Inclusion, that each person has their unique story to tell.
Sarah welcomes you to a safe space where you can feel confident that she will work with you to achieve optimal results. She has experience meeting with clients to formulate a comprehensive plan of care that considers your concerns, values, and health history. Sarah has over 10 years of experience treating patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs, working together with clients and families to achieve their best overall health. She has a special interest in holistic treatment, integrating all aspects of health. We believe in Diversity and Inclusion, that each person has their unique story to tell.
(720) 807-8610 View (720) 807-8610
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Lauren Foreman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chattanooga, TN 37404  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the changes in your life? Are you seeking support during pregnancy or navigating the challenges of postpartum? Do you need someone who understands and can guide you through these transformative moments? I'm here to help. With over 7 years of experience as a midwife, I specialize in assisting women through these challenging phases of pregnancy and postpartum. My passion is providing unwavering support and guidance, ensuring that you feel heard and understood.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the changes in your life? Are you seeking support during pregnancy or navigating the challenges of postpartum? Do you need someone who understands and can guide you through these transformative moments? I'm here to help. With over 7 years of experience as a midwife, I specialize in assisting women through these challenging phases of pregnancy and postpartum. My passion is providing unwavering support and guidance, ensuring that you feel heard and understood.
(629) 529-4650 View (629) 529-4650
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Jaquay Brister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37421  (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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Tami Sholar- Conard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37401  (Online Only)
Hello I'm Tami, a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been a medical professional since 2010 in a variety of fields including mental health, Med-Surg, Nephrology among others. My experience in the various medical fields as a nurse led me to my passion, which is mental health. I treat each individual with empathy and absolute positive regard. Depending on your needs, I customize your treatment plan to achieve your goals and overall well being. This may include therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I use evidence based practice to ensure you are receiving the care needed to obtain optimal wellness.
Hello I'm Tami, a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been a medical professional since 2010 in a variety of fields including mental health, Med-Surg, Nephrology among others. My experience in the various medical fields as a nurse led me to my passion, which is mental health. I treat each individual with empathy and absolute positive regard. Depending on your needs, I customize your treatment plan to achieve your goals and overall well being. This may include therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I use evidence based practice to ensure you are receiving the care needed to obtain optimal wellness.
(629) 201-7648 View (629) 201-7648
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Tammy Lee Cyr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37401
I strive to provide a safe environment, both physically and emotionally for my patients. It is my privilege to come alongside my patients, hear their story and join them on their journey towards healing. I have a particular passion for and am drawn to patients that have endured traumatic experiences, as I have seen real healing occur with the right treatments and approaches. It brings me great joy to see patients heal so they can get back to the important things in life.
I strive to provide a safe environment, both physically and emotionally for my patients. It is my privilege to come alongside my patients, hear their story and join them on their journey towards healing. I have a particular passion for and am drawn to patients that have endured traumatic experiences, as I have seen real healing occur with the right treatments and approaches. It brings me great joy to see patients heal so they can get back to the important things in life.
(615) 551-9874 View (615) 551-9874
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Steven John Meek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37401  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I have a passion for designing specialized treatment plans tailored to analyzing and caring for the root elements of mental health. My solution-based focus and patient orientated treatment style has attained consistent results. I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental health.
I have a passion for designing specialized treatment plans tailored to analyzing and caring for the root elements of mental health. My solution-based focus and patient orientated treatment style has attained consistent results. I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental health.
(901) 403-7765 View (901) 403-7765
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Rachel Ortiz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37401
You’re taking a big step in prioritizing yourself, and I'm glad you are here! As a dual certified nurse practitioner in both psychiatric-mental health and family medicine, I provide individualized holistic mental health treatment that sees you as a whole person and not just a list of symptoms. I have special interest and additional training in the diagnosis and management of ADHD, and am passionate about helping other adults with ADHD build strategies to thrive in all areas of their life. Additionally, I provide medication management for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, chronic stress and addiction.
You’re taking a big step in prioritizing yourself, and I'm glad you are here! As a dual certified nurse practitioner in both psychiatric-mental health and family medicine, I provide individualized holistic mental health treatment that sees you as a whole person and not just a list of symptoms. I have special interest and additional training in the diagnosis and management of ADHD, and am passionate about helping other adults with ADHD build strategies to thrive in all areas of their life. Additionally, I provide medication management for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, chronic stress and addiction.
(629) 258-7601 View (629) 258-7601
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Laura Pohl - Women's Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chattanooga, TN 37405  (Online Only)
I am passionate about women's mental health. In today's world, there are many pressures of life that can cause mental health illnesses. I work primarily with anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I am also a Certified Nurse Midwife. I love working with women who are struggling with mental health needs as well. Breastfeeding is NOT a limiter for medications! Let me help you manage your mental health today!
I am passionate about women's mental health. In today's world, there are many pressures of life that can cause mental health illnesses. I work primarily with anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I am also a Certified Nurse Midwife. I love working with women who are struggling with mental health needs as well. Breastfeeding is NOT a limiter for medications! Let me help you manage your mental health today!
(865) 302-3722 View (865) 302-3722
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Erika Bales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chattanooga, TN 37416  (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
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Lauren Louise Hansen: Bloom Medical
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MEd, APRN, WHNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chattanooga, TN 37421
I provide comprehensive, holistic, medical-based mental health care.
I provide comprehensive, holistic, medical-based mental health care.
(615) 551-5941 View (615) 551-5941

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Chattanooga, TN

20+

Average cost per session

$135

Psychiatrists in Chattanooga, TN who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
96% Bipolar Disorder
89% Medication Management
81% ADHD
78% Trauma and PTSD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Aetna
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Chattanooga, TN see their clients

59% Online Only
41% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Chattanooga?

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.