Psychiatrists in Ripley, TN

Photo of Stacie Yoquelet - Strong Foundation Behavioral Health Clinic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Strong Foundation Behavioral Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Ripley, TN 38063
Life is a journey and sometimes it is a struggle. During difficult and overwhelming times it is important to reach out for help. At Strong Foundation we partner with you to help you regain quality of life. We strive at every visit to instill hope and focus on your unique qualities that only you possess.
Life is a journey and sometimes it is a struggle. During difficult and overwhelming times it is important to reach out for help. At Strong Foundation we partner with you to help you regain quality of life. We strive at every visit to instill hope and focus on your unique qualities that only you possess.
(901) 459-5596 View (901) 459-5596
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Strong Foundation Behavorial Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Ripley, TN 38063
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
(901) 403-0480 View (901) 403-0480

Online Psychiatrists

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Tasma Robertson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305  (Online Only)
The Graham Approach, PLLC is a psychiatric practice established by Tasma Robertson, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. At The Graham Approach, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality psychiatric care to our patients in a supportive environment with a goal of improving quality of life.
The Graham Approach, PLLC is a psychiatric practice established by Tasma Robertson, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. At The Graham Approach, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality psychiatric care to our patients in a supportive environment with a goal of improving quality of life.
(731) 202-2952 View (731) 202-2952
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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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Jaquay Brister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38125  (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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Charlene Sparrow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cordova, TN 38018
Sometimes life is not easy or as you expected. You may experience challenges and speed bumps along the way which may feel unmanageable. There is help available. I provide compassionate empathetic outpatient person-centered services in a professional setting. As we work together to develop an individualized therapeutic plan of care, we develop goals and ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your daily quality of life.
Sometimes life is not easy or as you expected. You may experience challenges and speed bumps along the way which may feel unmanageable. There is help available. I provide compassionate empathetic outpatient person-centered services in a professional setting. As we work together to develop an individualized therapeutic plan of care, we develop goals and ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your daily quality of life.
(901) 660-3324 View (901) 660-3324
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Jaquay Brister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38138  (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. When not in clinic, I also work as a professor in a DNP: Mental Health program. In practice, 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. When not in clinic, I also work as a professor in a DNP: Mental Health program. In practice, 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) 657-6459 View (901) 657-6459
Photo of Ashley Lynn Jenkins - Tipton Psychiatry, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tipton Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, TN 38011
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
(901) 910-1795 View (901) 910-1795
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Lea H Brainerd
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS, PCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders with a focus on at-home and retreat-based ketamine therapy for anxiety, depression, mood, trauma, addiction, and more. I utilize an integrative approach, collaborating with therapists and integration coaches to provide a holistic experience. My ideal client is dedicated to mental wellness and motivated to "do the work" required for healing. I serve clients via telehealth in TN, FL, and WY. My intention: To provide outstanding client care with trust, empathy, and compassion, empowering clients to awaken their inner healer and be free of the burdens that weigh them down.
I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders with a focus on at-home and retreat-based ketamine therapy for anxiety, depression, mood, trauma, addiction, and more. I utilize an integrative approach, collaborating with therapists and integration coaches to provide a holistic experience. My ideal client is dedicated to mental wellness and motivated to "do the work" required for healing. I serve clients via telehealth in TN, FL, and WY. My intention: To provide outstanding client care with trust, empathy, and compassion, empowering clients to awaken their inner healer and be free of the burdens that weigh them down.
(901) 390-5934 View (901) 390-5934
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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MB, BHC, BAO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
(731) 467-5515 View (731) 467-5515
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Nga Huynh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cordova, TN 38018
I utilize a multidisciplinary approach to address the complex needs of my patients. I collaborate closely with other specialists, such as psychologists, speech-language therapists, and occupational therapists, to create personalized treatment plans that caters to the specific strengths and challenges of each individual. I offer a range of services, including diagnostic evaluations, medication management, behavioral interventions, and ECT.
I utilize a multidisciplinary approach to address the complex needs of my patients. I collaborate closely with other specialists, such as psychologists, speech-language therapists, and occupational therapists, to create personalized treatment plans that caters to the specific strengths and challenges of each individual. I offer a range of services, including diagnostic evaluations, medication management, behavioral interventions, and ECT.
(901) 716-8423 View (901) 716-8423
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Just Journey Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38125  (Online Only)
Mental health stability can open the door for unlimited possibilities in our journey through life. My job as a mental health provider is to help clients open new doors by changing their perspectives with medication management and psychotherapy. I encourage clients to take the initiative and responsibility for their mental health wellness. As a mental health provider, it is important for me to stay abreast of effective mental health principles and treatment options to ensure that all clients reach their full potential during their lifelong journey to positive mental health outcomes.
Mental health stability can open the door for unlimited possibilities in our journey through life. My job as a mental health provider is to help clients open new doors by changing their perspectives with medication management and psychotherapy. I encourage clients to take the initiative and responsibility for their mental health wellness. As a mental health provider, it is important for me to stay abreast of effective mental health principles and treatment options to ensure that all clients reach their full potential during their lifelong journey to positive mental health outcomes.
(901) 445-9485 View (901) 445-9485
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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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Chinwe Mbonu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
Dear client, I am committed to providing you with personalized and compassionate care tailored to your needs. I understand that seeking mental health support can be a vulnerable and courageous step, and I want to assure you that I am here to support you on your journey toward wellness. With my specialized training and expertise in mental health, I am equipped to assess, diagnose, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan specifically designed to address your concerns. Your wellbeing is my top priority, and I will work closely with you to understand your experience, concerns, and goals, ensuring that your voice is heard with respect
Dear client, I am committed to providing you with personalized and compassionate care tailored to your needs. I understand that seeking mental health support can be a vulnerable and courageous step, and I want to assure you that I am here to support you on your journey toward wellness. With my specialized training and expertise in mental health, I am equipped to assess, diagnose, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan specifically designed to address your concerns. Your wellbeing is my top priority, and I will work closely with you to understand your experience, concerns, and goals, ensuring that your voice is heard with respect
(409) 235-3942 View (409) 235-3942
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Dr. Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(601) 565-3908 View (601) 565-3908
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Javina Driver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cordova, TN 38018
I treat patients holistically, which involve addressing the interconnected aspects of an individuals well-being, including physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions. I recognize mental wellnesses encompasses an overall state of wellness, which is why my treatment plans include medication, therapy, lifestyle changes such as exercise and nutrition and mindfulness practices. I believe in a collaborative approach to patient care. By working closely with other healthcare professionals, such as therapists, I can provide a comprehensive tailored approach to each individual's needs
I treat patients holistically, which involve addressing the interconnected aspects of an individuals well-being, including physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions. I recognize mental wellnesses encompasses an overall state of wellness, which is why my treatment plans include medication, therapy, lifestyle changes such as exercise and nutrition and mindfulness practices. I believe in a collaborative approach to patient care. By working closely with other healthcare professionals, such as therapists, I can provide a comprehensive tailored approach to each individual's needs
(901) 673-9449 View (901) 673-9449
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Collierville, TN 38017  (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.
(901) 665-3050 View (901) 665-3050
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Judy Beauregard Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Somerville, TN 38068
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 29 years of experience in the mental health field. I treat patients of all ages with diagnoses ranging from ADHD to Schizophrenia. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing. I treat all clients with respect and dignity. I offer in office and telehealth appointments, mobile services, evenings and weekend appointments, and mental health training/consultations for organizations. I offer relaxation groups, music, dance, and art therapy in a nonjudgemental environment. Call us at (901)466-6544 or 8232.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 29 years of experience in the mental health field. I treat patients of all ages with diagnoses ranging from ADHD to Schizophrenia. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing. I treat all clients with respect and dignity. I offer in office and telehealth appointments, mobile services, evenings and weekend appointments, and mental health training/consultations for organizations. I offer relaxation groups, music, dance, and art therapy in a nonjudgemental environment. Call us at (901)466-6544 or 8232.
(901) 641-1534 View (901) 641-1534
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Better Vibes Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
If you suffer from extreme sadness, lack of energy, insomnia, or have lost the desire to do things you used to love, you may have depression. Depression is just one illness that can negatively affect your life. Mental illnesses prevent people from living their lives to the fullest. If you are tired of suffering, understand that it is a must to take care of your mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health. I treat various mental illnesses. I provide quality treatment with dignity and patient-centered care. If you're not taking care of your mental health it will affect other parts of your life.
If you suffer from extreme sadness, lack of energy, insomnia, or have lost the desire to do things you used to love, you may have depression. Depression is just one illness that can negatively affect your life. Mental illnesses prevent people from living their lives to the fullest. If you are tired of suffering, understand that it is a must to take care of your mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health. I treat various mental illnesses. I provide quality treatment with dignity and patient-centered care. If you're not taking care of your mental health it will affect other parts of your life.
(901) 673-8043 View (901) 673-8043
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Ripley, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Ripley, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Ripley, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ripley?

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.