Psychiatrists in Lewisburg, TN

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Giles Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Lewisburg, TN 37091
Elaine Murray is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career in 2005 and has worked in multiple hospitals, outpatient clinics, corporate medical management groups, telepsychiatry groups, centers for substance use disorders, and currently owns and operates Giles Psychiatric Associates. Giles Psychiatric Associates offers a full range of outpatient mental health services. Her palpable desire to provide mental health care is evident in every patient interaction.
Elaine Murray is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career in 2005 and has worked in multiple hospitals, outpatient clinics, corporate medical management groups, telepsychiatry groups, centers for substance use disorders, and currently owns and operates Giles Psychiatric Associates. Giles Psychiatric Associates offers a full range of outpatient mental health services. Her palpable desire to provide mental health care is evident in every patient interaction.
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Online Psychiatrists

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Mandy Kay Gentry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
(629) 299-2662 View (629) 299-2662
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Oceanic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Accepting new patients! Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mood disorders? Are you experiencing grief or life transitions? There is hope. A happy and meaningful life is possible!
Accepting new patients! Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mood disorders? Are you experiencing grief or life transitions? There is hope. A happy and meaningful life is possible!
(615) 436-8727 View (615) 436-8727
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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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Michelle Hornbaker-Park
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37238  (Online Only)
Dr. Michelle Hornbaker-Park is a board-certified General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over nine years of experience. Her practice focuses on medication management founded not only on evidence-based medicine but on the understanding that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of behavioral health healing. She incorporates CBT, supportive therapy, and psychoeducation into her medication management appointments and may refer patients for additional psychotherapy to improve outcomes.
Dr. Michelle Hornbaker-Park is a board-certified General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over nine years of experience. Her practice focuses on medication management founded not only on evidence-based medicine but on the understanding that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of behavioral health healing. She incorporates CBT, supportive therapy, and psychoeducation into her medication management appointments and may refer patients for additional psychotherapy to improve outcomes.
(629) 777-4355 View (629) 777-4355
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Blaire Morriss: Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ANP, MSN
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Welcome; I offer Integrative Psychiatric Mental Health consultations, medication management, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, Somatic Coaching, the Safe and Sound Protocol, & Attachment-Focused EMDR. All sessions are personalized and address the interconnection of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. An integrative approach to mental health care utilizes numerous evidence-based modalities, including herbs, supplements, nutrition, movement, stress reduction techniques, psychotherapy, and medication.
Welcome; I offer Integrative Psychiatric Mental Health consultations, medication management, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, Somatic Coaching, the Safe and Sound Protocol, & Attachment-Focused EMDR. All sessions are personalized and address the interconnection of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. An integrative approach to mental health care utilizes numerous evidence-based modalities, including herbs, supplements, nutrition, movement, stress reduction techniques, psychotherapy, and medication.
(615) 375-0694 View (615) 375-0694
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Alicia Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Alicia Ellis. Choosing you is the first step towards gaining control over your mental health because, honestly – initiating therapy can be scary and enlightening all at the same time. I am passionate about assisting patients who have experienced trauma-related experiences. I can assist Veterans that experienced PTSD, anxiety, substance use disorders, and depression. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows my clients to explore their triggers that have caused them undue trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and/or self-care.
Hello! I'm Alicia Ellis. Choosing you is the first step towards gaining control over your mental health because, honestly – initiating therapy can be scary and enlightening all at the same time. I am passionate about assisting patients who have experienced trauma-related experiences. I can assist Veterans that experienced PTSD, anxiety, substance use disorders, and depression. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows my clients to explore their triggers that have caused them undue trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and/or self-care.
(931) 391-3301 View (931) 391-3301
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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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Elise Scott, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
I believe connection is the foundation of healing, and strong therapeutic relationships begin from a place of compassion and mutual respect. You are the expert of your mind and body, and I am an experienced partner when stress and mental illness get in the way of a healthy and joyful life. I take a holistic, neuroscience-informed, and integrated approach to mental health treatment, combining a thorough medical assessment with open-minded listening, psychotherapy, lifestyle interventions, and brain-based medication management to help individuals heal, grow, and work toward authentic, value-driven lives.
I believe connection is the foundation of healing, and strong therapeutic relationships begin from a place of compassion and mutual respect. You are the expert of your mind and body, and I am an experienced partner when stress and mental illness get in the way of a healthy and joyful life. I take a holistic, neuroscience-informed, and integrated approach to mental health treatment, combining a thorough medical assessment with open-minded listening, psychotherapy, lifestyle interventions, and brain-based medication management to help individuals heal, grow, and work toward authentic, value-driven lives.
(629) 263-7573 View (629) 263-7573
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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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Madelaine Long
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hi there! I would love the opportunity to assist you in managing your psychiatric medication and providing a tailored approach to your individual needs. I diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders with a holistic view in mind. I have a "less is more" mindset in regard to medication and want to help you achieve your goals with not just medication, but other avenues as well. I believe in looking at the big picture and ensuring that lab values, lifestyle habits, supplements and therapies are also taken into account. Please feel free to email me for an appointment.
Hi there! I would love the opportunity to assist you in managing your psychiatric medication and providing a tailored approach to your individual needs. I diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders with a holistic view in mind. I have a "less is more" mindset in regard to medication and want to help you achieve your goals with not just medication, but other avenues as well. I believe in looking at the big picture and ensuring that lab values, lifestyle habits, supplements and therapies are also taken into account. Please feel free to email me for an appointment.
(629) 263-4202 View (629) 263-4202
Jennifer Wheeler
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209
I am a Psychiatrist with training and experience in a multitude of mental health and substance use disorders. I believe each person has their own unique story and goals and look forward to exploring how I can help you on your journey to wellness. I am excited for the opportunity to working alongside the other mental health providers at Family Care Center so
I am a Psychiatrist with training and experience in a multitude of mental health and substance use disorders. I believe each person has their own unique story and goals and look forward to exploring how I can help you on your journey to wellness. I am excited for the opportunity to working alongside the other mental health providers at Family Care Center so
(629) 300-6797 View (629) 300-6797
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Clara Pieh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
I am an advanced practice Nurse with duo certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. I've practiced in the role of PMNHP for the past 3 years and have managed patients with mental health problems for the past 15 years in primary care settings.
I am an advanced practice Nurse with duo certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. I've practiced in the role of PMNHP for the past 3 years and have managed patients with mental health problems for the past 15 years in primary care settings.
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Jason C. Pooler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37408
Integrative Psychiatry is intended to do more than help you manage your symptoms. It is designed to help you live a complete, healthy, fulfilling life. Dr. Pooler will collaborate with you to identify potential factors and contributors to your mental health. This collaboration may include blood work, genetic testing, assessment of gut function, and hormone panels, to name a few. The results of these tests and discussions will help to formulate your specific treatment plan. Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, stress reduction techniques, exercise regimens, trauma therapy, diet changes, and more can all be part of your treatment plan.
Integrative Psychiatry is intended to do more than help you manage your symptoms. It is designed to help you live a complete, healthy, fulfilling life. Dr. Pooler will collaborate with you to identify potential factors and contributors to your mental health. This collaboration may include blood work, genetic testing, assessment of gut function, and hormone panels, to name a few. The results of these tests and discussions will help to formulate your specific treatment plan. Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, stress reduction techniques, exercise regimens, trauma therapy, diet changes, and more can all be part of your treatment plan.
(423) 205-1039 View (423) 205-1039
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Mackenzie Grimes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and owner of Solstice Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With a holistic approach, I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to adults and teens aged 16 and older. My goal is to empower my patients to overcome their challenges, enhance their quality of life, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. Considering the intricate connection between mind, body, and spirit, my approach to psychiatric care encompasses all aspects of an individual's life.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and owner of Solstice Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With a holistic approach, I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to adults and teens aged 16 and older. My goal is to empower my patients to overcome their challenges, enhance their quality of life, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. Considering the intricate connection between mind, body, and spirit, my approach to psychiatric care encompasses all aspects of an individual's life.
(615) 436-5973 View (615) 436-5973
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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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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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Redeem & Renew Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. My education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, and an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. I have worked in the field of mental health in some capacity for the past 20 years, and specifically as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner since 2008. I utilize a natural, caring approach to promote well-being in the clients that I serve.
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. My education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, and an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. I have worked in the field of mental health in some capacity for the past 20 years, and specifically as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner since 2008. I utilize a natural, caring approach to promote well-being in the clients that I serve.
(629) 201-7775 View (629) 201-7775
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37040
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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Mindful Haven Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37128  (Online Only)
Your safe haven. Hi! My name is Myrvienne Jackson! I am a Dual Board Certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC / FNP-BC) in Murfreesboro, TN. As a dedicated provider, I am self driven by a profound commitment to providing compassionate care and support to individuals navigating the complexities of mental health challenges. With over a decade of experience working in adolescent, adult, and geriatric units, I truly believe I can be your safe haven. Mindfull Haven Mental Health Services.
Your safe haven. Hi! My name is Myrvienne Jackson! I am a Dual Board Certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC / FNP-BC) in Murfreesboro, TN. As a dedicated provider, I am self driven by a profound commitment to providing compassionate care and support to individuals navigating the complexities of mental health challenges. With over a decade of experience working in adolescent, adult, and geriatric units, I truly believe I can be your safe haven. Mindfull Haven Mental Health Services.
(615) 551-4980 View (615) 551-4980

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lewisburg?

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.