Psychiatrists in Erin, TN

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Bailey Buckner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Erin, TN 37061
I chose psychiatry because I’ve always been passionate about helping others, and I’ve witnessed, both personally and professionally, how life-changing psychiatric care can be. My ultimate goal is to empower you by providing compassionate, inclusive, and evidence-based care so that we can work together to cultivate your mental health and well-being.
I chose psychiatry because I’ve always been passionate about helping others, and I’ve witnessed, both personally and professionally, how life-changing psychiatric care can be. My ultimate goal is to empower you by providing compassionate, inclusive, and evidence-based care so that we can work together to cultivate your mental health and well-being.
(931) 213-3810 View (931) 213-3810

Online Psychiatrists

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Kast Dynamic Therapy and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
Welcome! I am Dr. Kristopher Kast, a psychiatrist in Nashville, Tennessee. My practice is focused on dynamic therapy, also called psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This is an evidence-based treatment for a number of problems - including depression, anxiety, and difficulties with relationships or self-esteem regulation - and it is well-suited to understanding and treating complexity. Dynamic therapy is open-ended and may include more frequent sessions. We will work together on a plan that best fits you.
Welcome! I am Dr. Kristopher Kast, a psychiatrist in Nashville, Tennessee. My practice is focused on dynamic therapy, also called psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This is an evidence-based treatment for a number of problems - including depression, anxiety, and difficulties with relationships or self-esteem regulation - and it is well-suited to understanding and treating complexity. Dynamic therapy is open-ended and may include more frequent sessions. We will work together on a plan that best fits you.
(615) 237-7238 View (615) 237-7238
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Kate Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
(629) 276-6346 View (629) 276-6346
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Jennifer McGlothlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
I love helping people move through different phases in their lives. It is gratifying to come alongside them on their journey toward healing. I want the patient to live as fulfilling, purpose driven life as possible, moving toward success in whatever method that means to him or her. I enjoy helping improve mental health issues so the patient is able to focus on what matters the most.
I love helping people move through different phases in their lives. It is gratifying to come alongside them on their journey toward healing. I want the patient to live as fulfilling, purpose driven life as possible, moving toward success in whatever method that means to him or her. I enjoy helping improve mental health issues so the patient is able to focus on what matters the most.
(615) 552-0789 View (615) 552-0789
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Luis Dulin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health.
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health.
(615) 433-6334 View (615) 433-6334
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Jaquay Brister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027  (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. 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. 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) 883-7760 View (901) 883-7760
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Lebanon Healthcare Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DC, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lebanon, TN 37087
Accepting new patients-I have twenty years of health care experience with a large variety of specialties. I am board certified in mental health and family health. I also specialize in aesthetics and weight loss. I am eager to work with you on your journey to better health. Full body health is important to mental health and helping you find that balance is my hope. We can work together to find a treatment plan that best fits you.
Accepting new patients-I have twenty years of health care experience with a large variety of specialties. I am board certified in mental health and family health. I also specialize in aesthetics and weight loss. I am eager to work with you on your journey to better health. Full body health is important to mental health and helping you find that balance is my hope. We can work together to find a treatment plan that best fits you.
(615) 721-2776 View (615) 721-2776
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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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Toni A. Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, DNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Franklin, TN 37069  (Online Only)
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
(629) 263-7633 View (629) 263-7633
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Dr. Patrick Eneje
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
(206) 203-7325 View (206) 203-7325
Behavior Health Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Behavior Health Consultants specialize in medication management for mental health. We are passionate in helping you feel your best through therapeutic measures and becoming the best version of yourself. We are conveniently located close to downtown Murfreesboro and are accepting new patients ages 10+. In-office and virtual appointments are available.
Behavior Health Consultants specialize in medication management for mental health. We are passionate in helping you feel your best through therapeutic measures and becoming the best version of yourself. We are conveniently located close to downtown Murfreesboro and are accepting new patients ages 10+. In-office and virtual appointments are available.
(629) 226-6442 View (629) 226-6442
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Stephanie Hamrick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pulaski, TN 38478  (Online Only)
My goal is to assist clients with their mental health concerns by addressing each client's needs on an individualized basis.
My goal is to assist clients with their mental health concerns by addressing each client's needs on an individualized basis.
(931) 345-2132 View (931) 345-2132
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Clarksville, TN 37043  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in 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 in 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.
(931) 288-5153 View (931) 288-5153
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Jason Cheng
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37215
Are you looking for more than medications for your life journey? I can bridge traditions of the East and West to curate a mental health wellness plan for you. My integrative psychiatry practice combines conventional medicine with other evidence-based treatments. I've learned techniques during medical school at the University of Michigan, psychiatry residency at UC San Francisco, the public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University, and the Integrative Psychiatry Institute fellowship accredited by the University of Colorado. I'm one of a limited number of Accelerated Resolution Therapists (acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com).
Are you looking for more than medications for your life journey? I can bridge traditions of the East and West to curate a mental health wellness plan for you. My integrative psychiatry practice combines conventional medicine with other evidence-based treatments. I've learned techniques during medical school at the University of Michigan, psychiatry residency at UC San Francisco, the public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University, and the Integrative Psychiatry Institute fellowship accredited by the University of Colorado. I'm one of a limited number of Accelerated Resolution Therapists (acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com).
(615) 471-6213 View (615) 471-6213
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD , MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37067  (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) 205-9448 View (615) 205-9448
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Sumitra Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Pulaski, TN 38478  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Sumitra Patel. I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from Walden University and began practicing about three years ago. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and expert care for individuals struggling with mental health disorders. My focus is on comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning tailored to each patient's unique needs. I aim to support individuals on their journey to improved mental well-being, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.
Hello! My name is Sumitra Patel. I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from Walden University and began practicing about three years ago. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and expert care for individuals struggling with mental health disorders. My focus is on comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning tailored to each patient's unique needs. I aim to support individuals on their journey to improved mental well-being, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.
(615) 576-8583 View (615) 576-8583
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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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Kylie Link
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37064
Hello! My name is Kylie Link, and I am a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I am dedicated and passionate about mental health and strive to relate to you as an individual, to understand your unique situation, and to work together with you to develop a treatment plan that will help create positive and meaningful change.
Hello! My name is Kylie Link, and I am a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I am dedicated and passionate about mental health and strive to relate to you as an individual, to understand your unique situation, and to work together with you to develop a treatment plan that will help create positive and meaningful change.
(629) 265-1792 View (629) 265-1792
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Women's Mental Health Expert Maggie Throckmorton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Berry Hill, TN 37204
My business partner, Brenna O'Brien, LCSW, and I saw a gap in gender specific mental health care for women, which is why we started SHEchiatry, PLLC. We are mental health care for women by women. Women disproportionately experience trauma, anxiety and depression, and you deserve care that is specialized and targeted to your needs and experience as a woman. We want our patients at SHEchiatry to understand that our personal experiences inform the care we provide; we relate, and this makes us more compassionate and informed clinicians.
My business partner, Brenna O'Brien, LCSW, and I saw a gap in gender specific mental health care for women, which is why we started SHEchiatry, PLLC. We are mental health care for women by women. Women disproportionately experience trauma, anxiety and depression, and you deserve care that is specialized and targeted to your needs and experience as a woman. We want our patients at SHEchiatry to understand that our personal experiences inform the care we provide; we relate, and this makes us more compassionate and informed clinicians.
(615) 789-1771 View (615) 789-1771
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Kristian Dambrino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
Treating patients, ages 14+, I utilize a highly individualized treatment approach in prescribing medications for a variety of diagnostic symptoms. There is no template for a human being. Therefore, I believe every person deserves to be heard, so that no nuance is missed. Patients who are struggling with depression, psychosis, mood swings, difficulty with concentration, sleep, motivation, bipolar illness, trauma, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and more, must be able to share freely what their specific treatment needs are. My goal is to hold space for everyone needing affordable, accessible, quality mental health care.
Treating patients, ages 14+, I utilize a highly individualized treatment approach in prescribing medications for a variety of diagnostic symptoms. There is no template for a human being. Therefore, I believe every person deserves to be heard, so that no nuance is missed. Patients who are struggling with depression, psychosis, mood swings, difficulty with concentration, sleep, motivation, bipolar illness, trauma, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and more, must be able to share freely what their specific treatment needs are. My goal is to hold space for everyone needing affordable, accessible, quality mental health care.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Erin, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Erin, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
100% Veterans

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Erin, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Erin?

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.