Psychiatrists in McEwen, TN

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Lori Dickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McEwen, TN 37101
I have worked extensively in many areas in psychiatry these include community mental health, the prison system, and consultations for medical patients in the Ascension hospital system. I also worked doing consults in long-term care facilities and was the main provider for an inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit in the hospital setting. I have worked with patients from age 3 to 101 years of age.
I have worked extensively in many areas in psychiatry these include community mental health, the prison system, and consultations for medical patients in the Ascension hospital system. I also worked doing consults in long-term care facilities and was the main provider for an inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit in the hospital setting. I have worked with patients from age 3 to 101 years of age.
(615) 205-9862 View (615) 205-9862

Online Psychiatrists

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Katelyn Thompson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37238
Dr. Katelyn Thompson is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. Patients looking for a psychiatric provider will find that Dr. Thompson has a gentle and approachable style. She believes that each patient was created on purpose and for a purpose. The brain is deeply wired for resilience and Dr. Thompson is blessed to witness while supporting that in her patients. She focuses on medication management with supportive psychotherapy as she treats a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses.
Dr. Katelyn Thompson is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. Patients looking for a psychiatric provider will find that Dr. Thompson has a gentle and approachable style. She believes that each patient was created on purpose and for a purpose. The brain is deeply wired for resilience and Dr. Thompson is blessed to witness while supporting that in her patients. She focuses on medication management with supportive psychotherapy as she treats a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses.
(515) 854-8647 View (515) 854-8647
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Percy Ballard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
My joy is in using Internal Family Systems therapy, non-dual meditation, Somatica sex and relationship coaching, and medicine when indicated, to help people discover their true Self and live life from the space of Self acceptance, presence and authenticity. For the most information about who I am and my approach to client care, please visit my personal website, www.percyballardmd.com.
My joy is in using Internal Family Systems therapy, non-dual meditation, Somatica sex and relationship coaching, and medicine when indicated, to help people discover their true Self and live life from the space of Self acceptance, presence and authenticity. For the most information about who I am and my approach to client care, please visit my personal website, www.percyballardmd.com.
(617) 702-2337 View (617) 702-2337
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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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Tracey Epperson Puckett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jackson, TN 38301
Hello! My name is Tracey Puckett. I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the owner of Vitality Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC. My education allows me to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with an emphasis on intervention through psychiatric medication and therapy. My goal is to minimize the symptoms of my patients while promoting a higher level of functioning and quality of life. It's my belief that medications combined with individual and/or group therapy provides someone the opportunity to meet these goals. I welcome clients of all ages, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds.
Hello! My name is Tracey Puckett. I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the owner of Vitality Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC. My education allows me to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with an emphasis on intervention through psychiatric medication and therapy. My goal is to minimize the symptoms of my patients while promoting a higher level of functioning and quality of life. It's my belief that medications combined with individual and/or group therapy provides someone the opportunity to meet these goals. I welcome clients of all ages, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds.
(731) 206-2423 View (731) 206-2423
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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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David Spielman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
“High functioning” doesn’t mean you don’t need help. I specialize in autism, ADHD, and LGBT+ psychiatric care for teens and adults. As a gay, neurodivergent, gamer and anime nerd, I can relate to many of the experiences of my clients and offer them a kind of genuine, non-judgmental acceptance they have been unable to find elsewhere. Visit quirkiatry.com for my services and rates.
“High functioning” doesn’t mean you don’t need help. I specialize in autism, ADHD, and LGBT+ psychiatric care for teens and adults. As a gay, neurodivergent, gamer and anime nerd, I can relate to many of the experiences of my clients and offer them a kind of genuine, non-judgmental acceptance they have been unable to find elsewhere. Visit quirkiatry.com for my services and rates.
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Nolensville Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nolensville, TN 37135
I provide telehealth and in person visits. I am an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certified Psychiatrist with 15 years of experience treating a wide range of patients ages 6 through adult in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I provide both medication management and therapy to individuals and couples. I collaborate with patients and families to help them find the treatment that works best. All appointments are conveniently booked online at the website www.nolensvillepsychiatry.com
I provide telehealth and in person visits. I am an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certified Psychiatrist with 15 years of experience treating a wide range of patients ages 6 through adult in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I provide both medication management and therapy to individuals and couples. I collaborate with patients and families to help them find the treatment that works best. All appointments are conveniently booked online at the website www.nolensvillepsychiatry.com
(629) 217-2398 View (629) 217-2398
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Tianlai Tang
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
We welcome new patients and accept most insurances except for UHC/Optum, Medicaid, Beacon. At Nashvill Brain Institute, we offer full psychiatric and neurological services. We are specialized in depression, anxiety, PTSD, dementia, brain trauma, suboxone detox treatment. We have therapists working in the same clinic. The psychiatrist and therapist developed a customized treatment plan together for our clients. We offer holistic approach of mental health treatment by using genetic testing, TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) treatment, Ketamine and natural medicines.
We welcome new patients and accept most insurances except for UHC/Optum, Medicaid, Beacon. At Nashvill Brain Institute, we offer full psychiatric and neurological services. We are specialized in depression, anxiety, PTSD, dementia, brain trauma, suboxone detox treatment. We have therapists working in the same clinic. The psychiatrist and therapist developed a customized treatment plan together for our clients. We offer holistic approach of mental health treatment by using genetic testing, TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) treatment, Ketamine and natural medicines.
(615) 994-7019 View (615) 994-7019
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Charles Roger Freed
Psychiatrist, MHA, LFAPA, FASAM, ABIHM
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Do you suffer from fatigue, poor concentration and 'brain fog', insomnia, anxiety and depression? How about gastrointestinal problems (gut-brain issues)? Have traditional psychiatric services failed to help? Or have prescribed medications created intolerable side effects? I can assist you in ways that traditional psychiatric services are not equipped to provide.
Do you suffer from fatigue, poor concentration and 'brain fog', insomnia, anxiety and depression? How about gastrointestinal problems (gut-brain issues)? Have traditional psychiatric services failed to help? Or have prescribed medications created intolerable side effects? I can assist you in ways that traditional psychiatric services are not equipped to provide.
(615) 603-3725 View (615) 603-3725
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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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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.
(615) 708-4950 View (615) 708-4950
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Corina Picchiottino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
As the founder and clinician at Redefining Roots, LLC, I believe your past choices should not define you. We will explore your biological, psychological, social, and spiritual influences to determine how they shape your view of yourself and the world around you. I utilize an integrative mental health care model that is whole-body focused, patient-centered, and trauma-informed to provide holistic healing with the use of various modalities including psychopharmacology, nutritional supplements, lab testing, and pharmacogenomic testing. Additionally, I provide individualized education and supportive therapy.
As the founder and clinician at Redefining Roots, LLC, I believe your past choices should not define you. We will explore your biological, psychological, social, and spiritual influences to determine how they shape your view of yourself and the world around you. I utilize an integrative mental health care model that is whole-body focused, patient-centered, and trauma-informed to provide holistic healing with the use of various modalities including psychopharmacology, nutritional supplements, lab testing, and pharmacogenomic testing. Additionally, I provide individualized education and supportive therapy.
(615) 857-1894 View (615) 857-1894
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InSight Recovery & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
(615) 437-9643 View (615) 437-9643
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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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Dr. Tongtong Zhu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Mental distress is not simply confined to the mind. It also manifests in our bodies and impairs our sense of wellbeing. I employ pharmacological interventions and psychodynamic psychotherapy to treat everyone as a person rather than a disorder. I account for the context of his or her community and culture. I have a B.A. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained my medical degree from the University of Tennessee, where I grew up. I completed my psychiatry residency at UCLA/Greater LA VA with an additional fellowship in geriatric psychiatry from UCLA.
Mental distress is not simply confined to the mind. It also manifests in our bodies and impairs our sense of wellbeing. I employ pharmacological interventions and psychodynamic psychotherapy to treat everyone as a person rather than a disorder. I account for the context of his or her community and culture. I have a B.A. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained my medical degree from the University of Tennessee, where I grew up. I completed my psychiatry residency at UCLA/Greater LA VA with an additional fellowship in geriatric psychiatry from UCLA.
(424) 533-1926 View (424) 533-1926
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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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Hannah Street
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
4 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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Mindful Haven Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
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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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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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in McEwen?

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.