Psychiatrists in Goodlettsville, TN

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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.
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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.
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Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Corinne (Cori) 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): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Corinne (Cori) 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): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Jackie Fitzgerald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Jackie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 7 years of experience working in the psychiatric field, specializing in depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia disorders. She has worked as a PMHNP in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, emergency department, partial-hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs. She is accepting new clients for medication management, and looks forward to helping you achieve your goals to live your happiest and fullest life!
Jackie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 7 years of experience working in the psychiatric field, specializing in depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia disorders. She has worked as a PMHNP in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, emergency department, partial-hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs. She is accepting new clients for medication management, and looks forward to helping you achieve your goals to live your happiest and fullest life!
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Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Corinne (Cori) 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): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Corinne (Cori) 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): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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David Wells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
David Wells PMHNP-BC is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for patient-centered care. With extensive hospital nursing experience, he saw the urgent need for mental health services in his community. Motivated to make a difference, he pursued higher education to become a PMHNP. David believes in holistic care, prioritizing trust and empathy in patient relationships. He creates safe spaces for open dialogue and personalized and evidence based treatment plans. Practice specialties include anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
David Wells PMHNP-BC is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for patient-centered care. With extensive hospital nursing experience, he saw the urgent need for mental health services in his community. Motivated to make a difference, he pursued higher education to become a PMHNP. David believes in holistic care, prioritizing trust and empathy in patient relationships. He creates safe spaces for open dialogue and personalized and evidence based treatment plans. Practice specialties include anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Open Minds Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
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.
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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.
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Angie Janicek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to seize control of your life and unleash your inner resilience? I commend you for taking this courageous step on your healing journey. I am wholeheartedly committed to guiding you on your path to recovery; I know that rediscovering joy and resilience are within your reach. With 20 years of mental health experience, I have a deep understanding of mood disorders and am particularly passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. I also specialize in working with high school and collegiate-level athletes on injuries, peak performance, and performance anxiety.
Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to seize control of your life and unleash your inner resilience? I commend you for taking this courageous step on your healing journey. I am wholeheartedly committed to guiding you on your path to recovery; I know that rediscovering joy and resilience are within your reach. With 20 years of mental health experience, I have a deep understanding of mood disorders and am particularly passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. I also specialize in working with high school and collegiate-level athletes on injuries, peak performance, and performance anxiety.
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Heather Greer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
I am accepting new clients! I'm Heather, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in mental health. We'll collaborate and navigate your goals in a safe, professional, yet totally approachable space. With a commitment to evidence-based practices and continuous education, I ensure that your treatment plan is not only effective but also tailored to your unique needs. If you're ready for a professional yet personable approach to mental health, let's embark on this journey towards lasting well-being.
I am accepting new clients! I'm Heather, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in mental health. We'll collaborate and navigate your goals in a safe, professional, yet totally approachable space. With a commitment to evidence-based practices and continuous education, I ensure that your treatment plan is not only effective but also tailored to your unique needs. If you're ready for a professional yet personable approach to mental health, let's embark on this journey towards lasting well-being.
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Shelley Chamberlain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
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.
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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.
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Luis Dulin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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. Our practice treats mental health conditions across the lifespan including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Addiction Issues. Luis Dulin is fluent in Spanish and offers culturally sensitive care, however an interpreter will be necessary to schedule the initial appointment with the front desk to begin treatment.
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. Our practice treats mental health conditions across the lifespan including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Addiction Issues. Luis Dulin is fluent in Spanish and offers culturally sensitive care, however an interpreter will be necessary to schedule the initial appointment with the front desk to begin treatment.
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Spring Creek Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Spring Creek Mental Health consists of Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Their training and experience qualify them to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Our primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. We offer telemedicine and in-person services. Some of our practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
Spring Creek Mental Health consists of Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Their training and experience qualify them to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Our primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. We offer telemedicine and in-person services. Some of our practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
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Eric Avent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
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.
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Stefanie Kreidler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
My name is Stefanie and I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. I am passionate about creating a respectful and kind space where you can feel well supported. Throughout my diverse career, I've acquired a robust skill set, blending clinical expertise with a deep understanding of the human experience. Proficient in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, I believe in the power of empathy and collaboration in the healing process.
My name is Stefanie and I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. I am passionate about creating a respectful and kind space where you can feel well supported. Throughout my diverse career, I've acquired a robust skill set, blending clinical expertise with a deep understanding of the human experience. Proficient in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, I believe in the power of empathy and collaboration in the healing process.
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Kalietta Webb
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Kalietta Webb is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been working in the mental health field for six years. Kalietta has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment that includes helping all walks of life of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addictions, psychosis such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and substance induced psychosis. She advocates for holistic care for individuals with the collaboration of medication management and therapy.
Kalietta Webb is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been working in the mental health field for six years. Kalietta has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment that includes helping all walks of life of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addictions, psychosis such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and substance induced psychosis. She advocates for holistic care for individuals with the collaboration of medication management and therapy.
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Stanley Chima
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Stanley Chima is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2021. Stanley's great experience in different healthcare settings over the past 15 years has prepared him as mental health provider with great compassion who strives to organically find a lasting solution. In his spare time, Stanley likes to travel the world with his family and he loves sports, especially the NBA.
Stanley Chima is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2021. Stanley's great experience in different healthcare settings over the past 15 years has prepared him as mental health provider with great compassion who strives to organically find a lasting solution. In his spare time, Stanley likes to travel the world with his family and he loves sports, especially the NBA.
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072  (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.
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NOVO Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Madison, TN 37115
NOVO Healthcare, LLC. Provides psychiatric services for Nashville and its surrounding communities. We specialized in providing tiered levels of care for individuals to help them recover from life's challenges ranging from everyday stress to fully diagnose clinical syndromes. NOVO Healthcare, LLC is a professional, private, service oriented, behavioral and lifestyle management firm comprised of associates who compassionately assist our clients to renew, refresh, revive and recover form the effects of life's challenges.
NOVO Healthcare, LLC. Provides psychiatric services for Nashville and its surrounding communities. We specialized in providing tiered levels of care for individuals to help them recover from life's challenges ranging from everyday stress to fully diagnose clinical syndromes. NOVO Healthcare, LLC is a professional, private, service oriented, behavioral and lifestyle management firm comprised of associates who compassionately assist our clients to renew, refresh, revive and recover form the effects of life's challenges.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Goodlettsville, TN

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Goodlettsville, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
89% Depression
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
89% Trauma and PTSD
84% ADHD
79% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Goodlettsville, TN see their clients

95% In Person and Online
5% Online Only

Gender breakdown

53% Male
47% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Goodlettsville?

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.