Psychiatrists in Memphis, TN

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104
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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Allyson Stewrt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
At Feel Good Health & Wellness, we emphasize the importance of holistic health, recognizing that mental and emotional well-being are key to your overall vitality. Allyson Stewart's compassionate, evidence-based approach ensures that those seeking mental health services in Memphis, TN receive the tailored care they deserve.
At Feel Good Health & Wellness, we emphasize the importance of holistic health, recognizing that mental and emotional well-being are key to your overall vitality. Allyson Stewart's compassionate, evidence-based approach ensures that those seeking mental health services in Memphis, TN receive the tailored care they deserve.
(901) 660-3760 View (901) 660-3760
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Tonia Wallace
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 37501  (Online Only)
Though we may all suffer from stressors of the world and trauma, we all deserve to be treated as individuals. At Tailored Psychiatric Wellness Center, the goal is to understand the needs of each client and create a treatment plan specialized for them. I bring a unique perspective to psychiatric care, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I understand the importance of addressing the root cause of mental health concerns and working with my patients to develop individualized treatment plans that are tailored to their specific needs.
Though we may all suffer from stressors of the world and trauma, we all deserve to be treated as individuals. At Tailored Psychiatric Wellness Center, the goal is to understand the needs of each client and create a treatment plan specialized for them. I bring a unique perspective to psychiatric care, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I understand the importance of addressing the root cause of mental health concerns and working with my patients to develop individualized treatment plans that are tailored to their specific needs.
(901) 673-8797 View (901) 673-8797
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Justin McAdoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNA, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120
At times, we can feel alone at sea when navigating through the storms of life. Time after time, our attempts at sailing toward calmer waters become more challenging. Taking the first step is often the most difficult due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. I am passionate about having the opportunity to help clients in their journey toward mental health wellness. Clients are more than a diagnosis, medication, and therapy approach. My practice philosophy focuses on a holistic care model incorporating a client’s life story, experiences, and biological factors.
At times, we can feel alone at sea when navigating through the storms of life. Time after time, our attempts at sailing toward calmer waters become more challenging. Taking the first step is often the most difficult due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. I am passionate about having the opportunity to help clients in their journey toward mental health wellness. Clients are more than a diagnosis, medication, and therapy approach. My practice philosophy focuses on a holistic care model incorporating a client’s life story, experiences, and biological factors.
(901) 676-6486 View (901) 676-6486
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Mandy Yount
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38103
I love helping people who have tried other providers in the past and left feeling unheard and unchanged. I find so much joy in connecting with people and being able to FINALLY find the right combination of care techniques to change someone's life. Have you struggled with depression for years and never found the right medication? Do you struggle with anxiety and feel you are missing out on life? Are you struggling to manage parenthood, a career and a marriage and feeling stagnant? I want to help you. I believe in kindness. Whether you need an ally or a prayer, I’ll be there. Visit my website to schedule an appointment today!
I love helping people who have tried other providers in the past and left feeling unheard and unchanged. I find so much joy in connecting with people and being able to FINALLY find the right combination of care techniques to change someone's life. Have you struggled with depression for years and never found the right medication? Do you struggle with anxiety and feel you are missing out on life? Are you struggling to manage parenthood, a career and a marriage and feeling stagnant? I want to help you. I believe in kindness. Whether you need an ally or a prayer, I’ll be there. Visit my website to schedule an appointment today!
(901) 350-4547 View (901) 350-4547
Photo of Tamika Beecham, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Memphis, TN
Tamika Beecham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38125
I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals and their families by providing a safe, nonjudgemental environment that fosters a strong therapeutic alliance. I thoroughly enjoy direct patient care and values the therapeutic relationship between patient/family and provider as the foundation for success in outpatient psychiatry. In this relationship, I will provide you with relevant education, knowledge, and resources to better assist you in your own unique journey to healing and recovery from mental illness to mental wellness.
I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals and their families by providing a safe, nonjudgemental environment that fosters a strong therapeutic alliance. I thoroughly enjoy direct patient care and values the therapeutic relationship between patient/family and provider as the foundation for success in outpatient psychiatry. In this relationship, I will provide you with relevant education, knowledge, and resources to better assist you in your own unique journey to healing and recovery from mental illness to mental wellness.
(901) 599-2670 View (901) 599-2670
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Mental Health Resources/Refresh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
I am committed to the well-being of the mental health community. I have a passion for equality with the intent to offer superior services to those in need. I provide medication management based on safe guidelines and evidence-based practice. Initial psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups face to face or telepsychiatry are available. I also work with licensed Intensive outpatient (IOP) therapists. My focuses are, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. I am currently taking patients from ages 6 and up across the lifespan.
I am committed to the well-being of the mental health community. I have a passion for equality with the intent to offer superior services to those in need. I provide medication management based on safe guidelines and evidence-based practice. Initial psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups face to face or telepsychiatry are available. I also work with licensed Intensive outpatient (IOP) therapists. My focuses are, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. I am currently taking patients from ages 6 and up across the lifespan.
(901) 329-8218 View (901) 329-8218
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Kendra Hooper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38138  (Online Only)
At Revive Psychiatry, you can expect the highest quality compassionate mental health services. We offer telepsychiatry evaluations and medication management visits to adolescents and adults. We pride ourselves on taking the time to understand your needs in a thorough, holistic manner. Through our comprehensive assessments, we partner with you to chart out a course of treatment designed to meet your treatment goals. Our priority is to help you regain your inner strength and take back control over your life.
At Revive Psychiatry, you can expect the highest quality compassionate mental health services. We offer telepsychiatry evaluations and medication management visits to adolescents and adults. We pride ourselves on taking the time to understand your needs in a thorough, holistic manner. Through our comprehensive assessments, we partner with you to chart out a course of treatment designed to meet your treatment goals. Our priority is to help you regain your inner strength and take back control over your life.
(901) 763-6274 View (901) 763-6274
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Amanda L Eaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38103
I bring a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and an abiding commitment to individualized, comprehensive care for my patients. I specialize in medication management of depression, anxiety, attention deficits, bipolar, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric diagnoses, while providing brief supportive psychotherapy.
I bring a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and an abiding commitment to individualized, comprehensive care for my patients. I specialize in medication management of depression, anxiety, attention deficits, bipolar, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric diagnoses, while providing brief supportive psychotherapy.
(901) 495-2430 View (901) 495-2430
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Berenese B Canady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
Mobile Psych is a psychiatric practice established by Alfonso Canady and Dr Berenese Canady, DNP with a goal of providing compassionate and affordable mental health treatment. We take time to understand your needs, and partner with you to develop a course of treatment to help you function at your best. Situated in East Memphis, we are conveniently located near the I-240 and Popular Ave exit, with easy access.
Mobile Psych is a psychiatric practice established by Alfonso Canady and Dr Berenese Canady, DNP with a goal of providing compassionate and affordable mental health treatment. We take time to understand your needs, and partner with you to develop a course of treatment to help you function at your best. Situated in East Memphis, we are conveniently located near the I-240 and Popular Ave exit, with easy access.
(901) 289-9665 View (901) 289-9665
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Adam Nanaa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
Adam Nanaa MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice and patient centered focus driven treatment. Primarily dealing with medication management, he is adept at dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, PTSD and more in adults and adolescents/children. Initial consults and follow up care are provided both in-person and through remote telepsychiatry. Accepting new patients.
Adam Nanaa MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice and patient centered focus driven treatment. Primarily dealing with medication management, he is adept at dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, PTSD and more in adults and adolescents/children. Initial consults and follow up care are provided both in-person and through remote telepsychiatry. Accepting new patients.
(901) 899-5095 View (901) 899-5095
Photo of Latasha Garrett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Memphis, TN
Latasha Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38125
Mental health disorders often go untreated & suppressed due to the stigma surrounding seeking help & treatment for mental health conditions. Symptoms often associated with depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, grief, attention deficit disorder can lead to disturbances in your personal and professional lives. Seeking professional help and treatment for mental health conditions can often be met with apprehension but at Peace of Mind Mental Health & Wellness Center, the goal is to ease that apprehension and provide a calm & stress free environment to meet your needs. We assure you will be seen and heard.
Mental health disorders often go untreated & suppressed due to the stigma surrounding seeking help & treatment for mental health conditions. Symptoms often associated with depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, grief, attention deficit disorder can lead to disturbances in your personal and professional lives. Seeking professional help and treatment for mental health conditions can often be met with apprehension but at Peace of Mind Mental Health & Wellness Center, the goal is to ease that apprehension and provide a calm & stress free environment to meet your needs. We assure you will be seen and heard.
(901) 673-8032 View (901) 673-8032
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Steven John Meek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I have a passion for designing specialized treatment plans tailored to analyzing and caring for the root elements of mental health. My solution-based focus and patient orientated treatment style has attained consistent results. I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental health.
I have a passion for designing specialized treatment plans tailored to analyzing and caring for the root elements of mental health. My solution-based focus and patient orientated treatment style has attained consistent results. I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental health.
(901) 403-7765 View (901) 403-7765
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Better Vibes Psychiatric PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
If you suffer from conditions such as depression, anxiety, issues with controlling your mood; there is help for you. I am devoted to assisting you in obtaining your goals for better management of your mental health. My goal is also to provide treatment with dignity. Also, it is important to know that mental health is just as important as physical health.
If you suffer from conditions such as depression, anxiety, issues with controlling your mood; there is help for you. I am devoted to assisting you in obtaining your goals for better management of your mental health. My goal is also to provide treatment with dignity. Also, it is important to know that mental health is just as important as physical health.
(901) 459-2296 View (901) 459-2296
Photo of Lea H Brainerd, Physician Assistant in Memphis, TN
Lea H Brainerd
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS, PCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in diagnosing and carefully treating mental health/psychiatric disorders and co-occurring medical disorders with a fully integrative approach. I serve clients via telehealth only in Tennessee, Florida, and Wyoming (in-person care in Memphis, TN). My intention is to provide outstanding patient care with an unmatched bedside manner that includes individualized, holistic treatment plans for overall health and well-being.
I specialize in diagnosing and carefully treating mental health/psychiatric disorders and co-occurring medical disorders with a fully integrative approach. I serve clients via telehealth only in Tennessee, Florida, and Wyoming (in-person care in Memphis, TN). My intention is to provide outstanding patient care with an unmatched bedside manner that includes individualized, holistic treatment plans for overall health and well-being.
(901) 390-5934 View (901) 390-5934
Photo of Kimberly Patterson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Memphis, TN
Kimberly Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38115  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board-certified virtual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in Memphis Tennessee, with over 24 years of experience in the nursing industry.
Hello, I am a board-certified virtual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in Memphis Tennessee, with over 24 years of experience in the nursing industry.
(615) 802-4818 View (615) 802-4818
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Melanie Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: psycheplus.net. I am not able to respond directly via phone or this profile. This is NOT just another appointment! My clients are seeking more holistic treatment to better their mental and emotional health. They are willing to actively work with me to develop mindset shifts. They are interested in thinking outside of the box and looking to compliment medical science with ancient wisdom. My clients are often students, professionals, parents, and entrepreneurs. My clients want more healing options, giving them the best chances at feeling better.
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: psycheplus.net. I am not able to respond directly via phone or this profile. This is NOT just another appointment! My clients are seeking more holistic treatment to better their mental and emotional health. They are willing to actively work with me to develop mindset shifts. They are interested in thinking outside of the box and looking to compliment medical science with ancient wisdom. My clients are often students, professionals, parents, and entrepreneurs. My clients want more healing options, giving them the best chances at feeling better.
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Photo of Chandra Price, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Memphis, TN
Chandra Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
Chandra Price, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, a double-boarded family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, owns PRC Psychiatry, PLLC. She focuses her professional practice on integrated behavioral health. Her experience as a Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in community-based clinics has given her a solid understanding of mental health and general medical complexities. She employs evidence-based treatment strategies tailored to each individual. She offers telehealth appointments to patients throughout TN at PRC Psychiatry, PLLC. in Memphis, TN. Memberships available in CO, VT, ME, MN, DE, and KS.
Chandra Price, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, a double-boarded family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, owns PRC Psychiatry, PLLC. She focuses her professional practice on integrated behavioral health. Her experience as a Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in community-based clinics has given her a solid understanding of mental health and general medical complexities. She employs evidence-based treatment strategies tailored to each individual. She offers telehealth appointments to patients throughout TN at PRC Psychiatry, PLLC. in Memphis, TN. Memberships available in CO, VT, ME, MN, DE, and KS.
(901) 582-8959 View (901) 582-8959
Photo of Victoria L. Carroll, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Memphis, TN
Victoria L. Carroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104
Not accepting new clients
Outpatient services available include the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of psychiatric conditions. Specialized treatment is provided through the continued evaluation and management of psychotropic medication.
Outpatient services available include the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of psychiatric conditions. Specialized treatment is provided through the continued evaluation and management of psychotropic medication.
(901) 296-3000 View (901) 296-3000
Photo of Gundu Reddy, Psychiatrist in Memphis, TN
Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38120  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(615) 437-4282 View (615) 437-4282

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Number of Psychiatrists in Memphis, TN

50+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Memphis, TN who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
95% Depression
91% Bipolar Disorder
90% Medication Management
84% ADHD
84% Trauma and PTSD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
83% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Memphis, TN see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

92% Female
8% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Memphis?

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.