Psychiatrists in Dickson, TN

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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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Elite Psychiatry of Tennessee
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Dickson, TN 37055  (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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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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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(615) 437-4282 View (615) 437-4282
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Bethany Rhoten
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076  (Online Only)
Bethany Rhoten, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, owner of Andrews Grace Behavioral Health, is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to enhancing the well-being of adults aged 18 and older. Drawing upon more than a decade of experience as a nurse scientist specializing in cancer survivorship research, Bethany has expertise in psychosocial aspects of cancer survivorship. Bethany also sees adults 18+ without a cancer connection.
Bethany Rhoten, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, owner of Andrews Grace Behavioral Health, is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to enhancing the well-being of adults aged 18 and older. Drawing upon more than a decade of experience as a nurse scientist specializing in cancer survivorship research, Bethany has expertise in psychosocial aspects of cancer survivorship. Bethany also sees adults 18+ without a cancer connection.
(615) 857-0876 View (615) 857-0876
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Benjamin Frock
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215  (Online Only)
I believe we are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and loss over time. As such, all persons will have needs specific to the moment and I aim to provide highly individualized care. I understand that not all situations require medications and I am happy to provide psychotherapy or collaborate with additional therapists in the community.
I believe we are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and loss over time. As such, all persons will have needs specific to the moment and I aim to provide highly individualized care. I understand that not all situations require medications and I am happy to provide psychotherapy or collaborate with additional therapists in the community.
(615) 461-4778 View (615) 461-4778
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Katharine Dinwiddie
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
I enjoy the collaborative nature of psychiatry. Working with parents/guardians, teachers, therapists and primary care providers to help kids thrive is very important to me.
I enjoy the collaborative nature of psychiatry. Working with parents/guardians, teachers, therapists and primary care providers to help kids thrive is very important to me.
(615) 488-4976 View (615) 488-4976
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Renewed Hope Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
My ideal client is seeking help to regain stability in their life and hope for their future. Regardless of what it is you are struggling with I want to work with you utilizing medication, therapy and goal setting to help you manage the day to day issues of your mental illness. I believe that it takes courage often just to ask for help and I respect your efforts. I want to walk with you on your journey and assist you in procuring stability, recovery and success in your life.
My ideal client is seeking help to regain stability in their life and hope for their future. Regardless of what it is you are struggling with I want to work with you utilizing medication, therapy and goal setting to help you manage the day to day issues of your mental illness. I believe that it takes courage often just to ask for help and I respect your efforts. I want to walk with you on your journey and assist you in procuring stability, recovery and success in your life.
(615) 422-4791 View (615) 422-4791
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Jeremy Schadewald
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37043
I am excited to provide Behavioral Health services to all the people of Clarksville and the surrounding areas, especially servicemembers, Veterans and their families. As a Veteran myself, as well as having a Veteran spouse, being able to continue supporting our Armed Forces as well as their loved ones is a unique and cherished privilege. I collaborate with a team of Therapists to provide holistic care. My contributions to the team include supportive psychotherapy, medication management and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. I love helping people just like everyone here at Family Care Center.
I am excited to provide Behavioral Health services to all the people of Clarksville and the surrounding areas, especially servicemembers, Veterans and their families. As a Veteran myself, as well as having a Veteran spouse, being able to continue supporting our Armed Forces as well as their loved ones is a unique and cherished privilege. I collaborate with a team of Therapists to provide holistic care. My contributions to the team include supportive psychotherapy, medication management and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. I love helping people just like everyone here at Family Care Center.
(931) 340-9497 View (931) 340-9497
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Strong Foundation Behavorial Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
(615) 829-8811 View (615) 829-8811
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Cayla Busuito
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Cayla Busuito received her bachelor’s degree from Bethel University and went straight to Nashville to begin working as a nurse at Vanderbilt. Her passion is within mental health and for multiple years she worked in Vanderbilt’s Psychiatric Hospital and Emergency Department. She received a Master’s Degree through Vanderbilt University. She loves exploring the city of Nashville and the surrounding areas. Her hobbies include enjoying time near any body of water and caring for her fur baby, Hendrix. She looks forward to meeting and providing the best care possible to all of her clients.
Cayla Busuito received her bachelor’s degree from Bethel University and went straight to Nashville to begin working as a nurse at Vanderbilt. Her passion is within mental health and for multiple years she worked in Vanderbilt’s Psychiatric Hospital and Emergency Department. She received a Master’s Degree through Vanderbilt University. She loves exploring the city of Nashville and the surrounding areas. Her hobbies include enjoying time near any body of water and caring for her fur baby, Hendrix. She looks forward to meeting and providing the best care possible to all of her clients.
(615) 437-5818 View (615) 437-5818
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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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Premier Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Premier Psychiatric Services offers comprehensive mental health care, dedicated to providing top-tier support and treatment for individuals grappling with psychological challenges. As a leader in the field, Premier Psychiatric Services boasts a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and a Psychiatric Pharmacist, all committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each individual's needs.
Premier Psychiatric Services offers comprehensive mental health care, dedicated to providing top-tier support and treatment for individuals grappling with psychological challenges. As a leader in the field, Premier Psychiatric Services boasts a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and a Psychiatric Pharmacist, all committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each individual's needs.
(615) 857-5587 View (615) 857-5587
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Hannah Street
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204  (Online Only)
I am so eager to be a resource to you and our community about treating mental health! If you or your child are struggling with their mental health, I am here to guide you to success using medication management as a tool. You and I will work together as a team by designing a treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals in a holistic manner so you can obtain better health mentally, physically, and spiritually. You are not alone in this journey. If you would like to book an appointment with me, go to www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment.
I am so eager to be a resource to you and our community about treating mental health! If you or your child are struggling with their mental health, I am here to guide you to success using medication management as a tool. You and I will work together as a team by designing a treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals in a holistic manner so you can obtain better health mentally, physically, and spiritually. You are not alone in this journey. If you would like to book an appointment with me, go to www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment.
(629) 465-4388 View (629) 465-4388
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Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Corinne (Cori) Powell is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
Corinne (Cori) Powell is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
(615) 212-8887 View (615) 212-8887
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Eboni D. Burns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Mrs. Eboni Burns is a board-certified PMHNP whose goal is to continue to be an oasis of hope within the community by serving as a compassionate clinician to individuals throughout lifespan. Eboni has served eleven years within the mental health field and is passionate about helping individuals reach their personal goals by using a holistic approach with medication and non-medication-based interventions. Eboni obtained a Bachelors of Nursing from Belmont University and completed her Masters of Science from the University of Tennessee. She also holds a Master's in Business Administration from Bethel University.
Mrs. Eboni Burns is a board-certified PMHNP whose goal is to continue to be an oasis of hope within the community by serving as a compassionate clinician to individuals throughout lifespan. Eboni has served eleven years within the mental health field and is passionate about helping individuals reach their personal goals by using a holistic approach with medication and non-medication-based interventions. Eboni obtained a Bachelors of Nursing from Belmont University and completed her Masters of Science from the University of Tennessee. She also holds a Master's in Business Administration from Bethel University.
(629) 249-6925 View (629) 249-6925
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Epiphany Wellness Tennessee
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Our facility caters to a diverse clientele facing behavioral health challenges, specifically those with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Their needs span from medical and psychiatric care, holistic therapies, and recovery resources to comprehensive case management and family support. These individuals often seek a community that understands their unique challenges and offers holistic, tailored solutions to guide them towards recovery and well-being.
Our facility caters to a diverse clientele facing behavioral health challenges, specifically those with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Their needs span from medical and psychiatric care, holistic therapies, and recovery resources to comprehensive case management and family support. These individuals often seek a community that understands their unique challenges and offers holistic, tailored solutions to guide them towards recovery and well-being.
(615) 488-8023 View (615) 488-8023
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Ellie Kenemer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
What obstacles have you feeling stuck on your path to wellness? Many aspects of your life are intertwined and influencing each other. Let's take a look at your mental health, physical health, relationship dynamics, financial health, fulfilling activity, and work/life balance to identify opportunities for improvement. Together, we will explore and address the barriers that are blocking your growth. My experience in individual psychotherapy, medication management, behavior modification, and physical assessment lends itself to a holistic approach to treatment. Through achievable goals, you will make impactful change and thrive.
What obstacles have you feeling stuck on your path to wellness? Many aspects of your life are intertwined and influencing each other. Let's take a look at your mental health, physical health, relationship dynamics, financial health, fulfilling activity, and work/life balance to identify opportunities for improvement. Together, we will explore and address the barriers that are blocking your growth. My experience in individual psychotherapy, medication management, behavior modification, and physical assessment lends itself to a holistic approach to treatment. Through achievable goals, you will make impactful change and thrive.
(615) 933-4236 View (615) 933-4236
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Erin Fish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37064  (Online Only)
Are you searching for a compassionate psychiatric provider? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessment, consultation, and medication management utilizing current standards of care and evidence- based practice. As both a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, I truly believe in patient-centered care focusing on the "whole person" via integration of physical, emotional, and social aspects in an individual's life. In our appointments we will discuss both medication and non-medication treatment interventions.
Are you searching for a compassionate psychiatric provider? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessment, consultation, and medication management utilizing current standards of care and evidence- based practice. As both a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, I truly believe in patient-centered care focusing on the "whole person" via integration of physical, emotional, and social aspects in an individual's life. In our appointments we will discuss both medication and non-medication treatment interventions.
(615) 576-8433 View (615) 576-8433
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New Day Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Located in Murfreesboro and welcoming new patients, insurance accepted. We are experts in helping you feel your best and offer medication management for mental health. Have you ever felt like something is missing in your life or that life is harder than it should be? Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles and move forward to where you want to be in your life. We promise to be there for you every step of your
Located in Murfreesboro and welcoming new patients, insurance accepted. We are experts in helping you feel your best and offer medication management for mental health. Have you ever felt like something is missing in your life or that life is harder than it should be? Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles and move forward to where you want to be in your life. We promise to be there for you every step of your
(615) 282-5842 View (615) 282-5842

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Number of Psychiatrists in Dickson, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dickson, TN who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Magellan

How Psychiatrists in Dickson, TN see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dickson?

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.