Psychiatrists in Cookeville, TN

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April Ebersole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP , ANP
Verified Verified
Cookeville, TN 38501
My office is located in Cookeville. I hold two board certifications in Psychiatry & Adult Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner. My experience includes 25 years working as a nurse practitioner in mental health, hospital medicine, ER, long term care, and primary care. I sincerely enjoy helping people and want to share my experience to help patients feel better. My interests include helping patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, dementia, sleep issues, family issues, narcissist abuse, grief/loss, ADHD, struggles with medication choices, THC & alcohol dependence, and PTSD. Visit our website to book appointments. www.cookevillepsych.com
My office is located in Cookeville. I hold two board certifications in Psychiatry & Adult Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner. My experience includes 25 years working as a nurse practitioner in mental health, hospital medicine, ER, long term care, and primary care. I sincerely enjoy helping people and want to share my experience to help patients feel better. My interests include helping patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, dementia, sleep issues, family issues, narcissist abuse, grief/loss, ADHD, struggles with medication choices, THC & alcohol dependence, and PTSD. Visit our website to book appointments. www.cookevillepsych.com
(931) 342-4702 View (931) 342-4702
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Vickie Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cookeville, TN 38501
I am an experienced psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion for helping people in the Upper Cumberland community at Magnolia Mental Health and Wellness. I want people who visit my office to feel heard and know that their needs are being addressed on their journey to better mental health. Bringing quality healthcare services to my community is a priority, providing comprehensive mental health treatment across the lifespan. I see patients ages 6 & up, children, teens, and adults, looking at each individual's needs and their goals for treatment.
I am an experienced psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion for helping people in the Upper Cumberland community at Magnolia Mental Health and Wellness. I want people who visit my office to feel heard and know that their needs are being addressed on their journey to better mental health. Bringing quality healthcare services to my community is a priority, providing comprehensive mental health treatment across the lifespan. I see patients ages 6 & up, children, teens, and adults, looking at each individual's needs and their goals for treatment.
(931) 236-1439 View (931) 236-1439
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Holly Lynn Robertson Rose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cookeville, TN 38501
I would love to meet with clients that are eager to be heard and looking for an individualized plan. We have founded Magnolia Mental Health & Wellness to provide patients treatment based on thorough, evidence-based, compassionate care. I treat Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, OCD, and ADD. I offer in person and telehealth services to adults and teenagers sixteen and older. However, we do have services for clients 6 and older available at Magnolia Mental Health & Wellness.
I would love to meet with clients that are eager to be heard and looking for an individualized plan. We have founded Magnolia Mental Health & Wellness to provide patients treatment based on thorough, evidence-based, compassionate care. I treat Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, OCD, and ADD. I offer in person and telehealth services to adults and teenagers sixteen and older. However, we do have services for clients 6 and older available at Magnolia Mental Health & Wellness.
(931) 416-0386 View (931) 416-0386
Photo of Lynn Wolf, CNM, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lynn Wolf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cookeville, TN 38501
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in women’s mental health across the lifespan. I enjoy connecting with women who are struggling with mood disorders while fostering a therapeutic relationship conducive to healing.
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in women’s mental health across the lifespan. I enjoy connecting with women who are struggling with mood disorders while fostering a therapeutic relationship conducive to healing.
(615) 488-4208 View (615) 488-4208
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Amber Gipson Matheney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cookeville, TN 38501  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 12+ years of experience in the mental health field. I have treated patients of all ages with diagnoses ranging from ADHD to Schizophrenia in various settings including inpatient, outpatient, and correctional facilities. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing. My practice offers evening/weekend appointments via telehealth. I look forward to helping my patients restore their minds! No insurance accepted. Self-pay services only.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 12+ years of experience in the mental health field. I have treated patients of all ages with diagnoses ranging from ADHD to Schizophrenia in various settings including inpatient, outpatient, and correctional facilities. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing. My practice offers evening/weekend appointments via telehealth. I look forward to helping my patients restore their minds! No insurance accepted. Self-pay services only.
(931) 367-2861 View (931) 367-2861
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Melynie Cagle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Cookeville, TN 38501  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in multiple clinical settings. In my practice, I am passionate about providing comprehensive and individualized care to a diverse range of clients. My ideal client is someone seeking a collaborative therapeutic relationship, where we can work together to navigate the complexities of mental health. I am currently offering telehealth medication management to adult clients with plans to expand in the future. Let me help you reach your mental health goals!
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in multiple clinical settings. In my practice, I am passionate about providing comprehensive and individualized care to a diverse range of clients. My ideal client is someone seeking a collaborative therapeutic relationship, where we can work together to navigate the complexities of mental health. I am currently offering telehealth medication management to adult clients with plans to expand in the future. Let me help you reach your mental health goals!
(931) 342-4568 View (931) 342-4568
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cookeville, TN 38501
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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Eric Avent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cookeville, TN 38502
Eric Avent is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. His training and experience qualify him to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Eric's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. He offers telemedicine services. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Eric Avent is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. His training and experience qualify him to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Eric's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. He offers telemedicine services. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
(615) 212-8887 View (615) 212-8887
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Amanda Scales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cookeville, TN 38501
I have been a nurse for over 17 years, and throughout my nursing career, I have always felt drawn to patients dealing with anxiety and depression. I would love the opportunity to work together to remove obstacles that are preventing you from living your life to its fullest potential.
I have been a nurse for over 17 years, and throughout my nursing career, I have always felt drawn to patients dealing with anxiety and depression. I would love the opportunity to work together to remove obstacles that are preventing you from living your life to its fullest potential.
(615) 930-3589 View (615) 930-3589

Online Psychiatrists

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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, TN 37115
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.
(615) 422-6170 View (615) 422-6170
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Sadonya Meadows Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37801
I have worked in the field of behavioral health since 2001. My current focus is psychiatric medication management. I treat ages across the lifespan and specialize in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorder.
I have worked in the field of behavioral health since 2001. My current focus is psychiatric medication management. I treat ages across the lifespan and specialize in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorder.
(865) 276-8216 View (865) 276-8216
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Jana Arwood
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37909
Graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with a BA in Chemistry. Graduated from Quillen College of Medicine-East Tennessee State University with Medical Degree. Completed General Psychiatry Residency Washington University St. Louis, MO. Board Certified in General Psychiatry. Lifetime Member of American Psychiatric Association and the Tennessee Psychiatric Association.
Graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with a BA in Chemistry. Graduated from Quillen College of Medicine-East Tennessee State University with Medical Degree. Completed General Psychiatry Residency Washington University St. Louis, MO. Board Certified in General Psychiatry. Lifetime Member of American Psychiatric Association and the Tennessee Psychiatric Association.
(865) 674-4203 View (865) 674-4203
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Femi Olarubofin
Psychiatrist, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37064
Dr. Femi is a compassionate board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP) with 10+ years in mental health field. My primary goal is to use my professional skills and knowledge to alleviate the sufferings and struggles of clients with mental health illness with a holistic approach, non-judgmental, and professional manner. Versatile and experienced in treating patients with various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, with specialization in Medication Management of most mental health presentations. Dr. Femi has an extensive experience in treating both veterans (military) and civilian populations.
Dr. Femi is a compassionate board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP) with 10+ years in mental health field. My primary goal is to use my professional skills and knowledge to alleviate the sufferings and struggles of clients with mental health illness with a holistic approach, non-judgmental, and professional manner. Versatile and experienced in treating patients with various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, with specialization in Medication Management of most mental health presentations. Dr. Femi has an extensive experience in treating both veterans (military) and civilian populations.
(629) 299-2711 View (629) 299-2711
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Hannah Braden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37932
Hannah Braden is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2018. She has experience in caring for patients across the lifespan in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients 18 years and older. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and attention deficit disorder.
Hannah Braden is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2018. She has experience in caring for patients across the lifespan in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients 18 years and older. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and attention deficit disorder.
(865) 432-0119 View (865) 432-0119
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Trina Corley
Psychiatric Nurse, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37214
I'm a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in treating mental illness in adults (17 and up). I enjoy working in a partnership with all individuals to achieve optimum quality of life. I will work collaboratively with psychologists and counselors and reinforce their therapy goals for you. Both prescription medications and holistic therapies are utilized for clients depending on their specific needs. Some of the holistic approaches include meditation and scripted muscle relaxation techniques. I welcome all patients and I am LGBT friendly. It's our goal to get patients usually seen the same week I'm contacted.
I'm a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in treating mental illness in adults (17 and up). I enjoy working in a partnership with all individuals to achieve optimum quality of life. I will work collaboratively with psychologists and counselors and reinforce their therapy goals for you. Both prescription medications and holistic therapies are utilized for clients depending on their specific needs. Some of the holistic approaches include meditation and scripted muscle relaxation techniques. I welcome all patients and I am LGBT friendly. It's our goal to get patients usually seen the same week I'm contacted.
(615) 454-9320 View (615) 454-9320
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Kellye Hudson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
I am here to help you determine if medication is needed as part of your treatment. There are many pathways to healing and medication can be one small part of this journey. 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 here to help you determine if medication is needed as part of your treatment. There are many pathways to healing and medication can be one small part of this journey. 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.
(865) 276-7690 View (865) 276-7690
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Taylor Newsom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that provides medication management and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults. I have been working in the mental health field for over 5 years, and have experience in the in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. I work with clients struggling with emotional disturbances and various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that provides medication management and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults. I have been working in the mental health field for over 5 years, and have experience in the in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. I work with clients struggling with emotional disturbances and various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
(615) 437-6802 View (615) 437-6802
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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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Kelly Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37215
Are you motivated to improve your mental health but don’t know where to begin? If anxiety and depression have kept you from living the life you wish for, I offer an environment of unconditional respect where we can walk together on your journey to meaningful wellness. By building an authentic therapeutic relationship, I will seek to fully understand your experiences, perspective and unique goals. I will encourage you to take an active role in your journey to wellness, even when change feels daunting or even downright impossible.
Are you motivated to improve your mental health but don’t know where to begin? If anxiety and depression have kept you from living the life you wish for, I offer an environment of unconditional respect where we can walk together on your journey to meaningful wellness. By building an authentic therapeutic relationship, I will seek to fully understand your experiences, perspective and unique goals. I will encourage you to take an active role in your journey to wellness, even when change feels daunting or even downright impossible.
(615) 285-6230 View (615) 285-6230
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Saydie Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Hi, my is Saydie Marshall and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my BSN from Jacksonville State University in 2020 and in 2023 obtained my MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have always been very intrigued and interested in psychiatry. My passion for mental health grew as I experienced how underserved the patients were while working as an RN with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients on various acute inpatient psychiatric units in Alabama.
Hi, my is Saydie Marshall and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my BSN from Jacksonville State University in 2020 and in 2023 obtained my MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have always been very intrigued and interested in psychiatry. My passion for mental health grew as I experienced how underserved the patients were while working as an RN with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients on various acute inpatient psychiatric units in Alabama.
(334) 423-3240 View (334) 423-3240

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cookeville, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cookeville, TN who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
89% Bipolar Disorder
89% Medication Management
78% Depression
78% Trauma and PTSD
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
86% BlueCross and BlueShield
86% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Cookeville, TN see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cookeville?

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.