Psychiatrists in Smyrna, TN

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Reform Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, B, C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smyrna, TN 37167  (Online Only)
****Serving the entire state of TN through telepsychiatry ***** Jemima Mensah, PMHNP, is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner serving patients of all ages at Reform Psychiatry LLC in Smyrna, Tennessee. Jemima offers compassionate mental health care in a safe and welcoming environment, helping patients to feel comfortable while improving their mental health. Jemima works with her patients as their partner in health, taking time to answer questions and discuss all treatment options so they can make informed decisions.
****Serving the entire state of TN through telepsychiatry ***** Jemima Mensah, PMHNP, is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner serving patients of all ages at Reform Psychiatry LLC in Smyrna, Tennessee. Jemima offers compassionate mental health care in a safe and welcoming environment, helping patients to feel comfortable while improving their mental health. Jemima works with her patients as their partner in health, taking time to answer questions and discuss all treatment options so they can make informed decisions.
(615) 751-0412 View (615) 751-0412
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Smyrna, TN 37167  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(901) 676-8564 View (901) 676-8564
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Crystal Kirby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Smyrna, TN 37167
Welcoming new patients in-person or thru telemedicine; commercial insurance accepted. Crystal offers medication management for mental health, with her aim to help you to thrive at your best! Are you in need of evaluation and medication management from someone who will listen carefully to your concerns? Crystal incorporates a holistic approach that encompasses your unique physical and mental health needs. You can conveniently book an appointment and typically be seen within two weeks. Telemedicine appointments are also offered for flexibility!
Welcoming new patients in-person or thru telemedicine; commercial insurance accepted. Crystal offers medication management for mental health, with her aim to help you to thrive at your best! Are you in need of evaluation and medication management from someone who will listen carefully to your concerns? Crystal incorporates a holistic approach that encompasses your unique physical and mental health needs. You can conveniently book an appointment and typically be seen within two weeks. Telemedicine appointments are also offered for flexibility!
(615) 789-1442 View (615) 789-1442
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Oceanic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smyrna, TN 37167
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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Dr. Shawn Malugin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smyrna, TN 37167
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I am known among my clients as Dr. Shawn, and I take great pride in employing a holistic approach that considers the brain-body connection when treating individuals. Due to the brain's resilience in these age groups, my passion lies in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am dedicated to implementing a holistic treatment approach to foster a productive life for my clients. I am currently welcoming new clients. To ensure effective treatment and gain a thorough understanding of my client's needs, all new client appointments take place in person.
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I am known among my clients as Dr. Shawn, and I take great pride in employing a holistic approach that considers the brain-body connection when treating individuals. Due to the brain's resilience in these age groups, my passion lies in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am dedicated to implementing a holistic treatment approach to foster a productive life for my clients. I am currently welcoming new clients. To ensure effective treatment and gain a thorough understanding of my client's needs, all new client appointments take place in person.
(615) 203-5024 View (615) 203-5024

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Kate Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
(629) 276-6346 View (629) 276-6346
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New Day Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Located in Murfreesboro and welcoming new patients, insurance accepted. We are experts in helping you feel your best and offer medication management for mental health. Have you ever felt like something is missing in your life or that life is harder than it should be? Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles and move forward to where you want to be in your life. We promise to be there for you every step of your
Located in Murfreesboro and welcoming new patients, insurance accepted. We are experts in helping you feel your best and offer medication management for mental health. Have you ever felt like something is missing in your life or that life is harder than it should be? Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles and move forward to where you want to be in your life. We promise to be there for you every step of your
(615) 282-5842 View (615) 282-5842
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Tory Woodard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
(615) 747-1431 View (615) 747-1431
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Kimberly Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
The journey of self-discovery is the best road traveled. I am a doctorate level Therapist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
The journey of self-discovery is the best road traveled. I am a doctorate level Therapist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(615) 492-3559 View (615) 492-3559
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Mandy Kay Gentry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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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Caleb Gulley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Caleb is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the medical management of mental illness across the lifespan. He uses an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to treatment. Through assessment of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a condition, he is better able to understand concerns and recommend effective treatment for recovery. The goal is to connect you with the therapies you need to live life more fully.
Caleb is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the medical management of mental illness across the lifespan. He uses an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to treatment. Through assessment of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a condition, he is better able to understand concerns and recommend effective treatment for recovery. The goal is to connect you with the therapies you need to live life more fully.
(931) 283-2484 View (931) 283-2484
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Eric Avent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Eric Avent is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. His training and experience qualify him to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Eric's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. He offers telemedicine services. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Eric Avent is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. His training and experience qualify him to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Eric's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. He offers telemedicine services. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
(615) 212-8887 View (615) 212-8887
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Tammy Lee Cyr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
I strive to provide a safe environment, both physically and emotionally for my patients. It is my privilege to come alongside my patients, hear their story and join them on their journey towards healing. I have a particular passion for and am drawn to patients that have endured traumatic experiences, as I have seen real healing occur with the right treatments and approaches. It brings me great joy to see patients heal so they can get back to the important things in life.
I strive to provide a safe environment, both physically and emotionally for my patients. It is my privilege to come alongside my patients, hear their story and join them on their journey towards healing. I have a particular passion for and am drawn to patients that have endured traumatic experiences, as I have seen real healing occur with the right treatments and approaches. It brings me great joy to see patients heal so they can get back to the important things in life.
(615) 551-9874 View (615) 551-9874
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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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.
(629) 333-3820 View (629) 333-3820
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Strong Foundation Behavorial Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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
(615) 829-8811 View (615) 829-8811
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Adriana Beeson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Hi! I'm glad you're here. My name is Adriana Beeson, and my goal is to help you become the happiest and healthiest version of yourself you can be! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and I would love to help you start your mental health journey. Beginning this process can be intimidating, but I strive to make my patients feel comfortable with compassionate and personalized care.
Hi! I'm glad you're here. My name is Adriana Beeson, and my goal is to help you become the happiest and healthiest version of yourself you can be! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and I would love to help you start your mental health journey. Beginning this process can be intimidating, but I strive to make my patients feel comfortable with compassionate and personalized care.
(615) 985-5148 View (615) 985-5148
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Tasma Robertson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129  (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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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD , MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129  (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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Jennifer McGlothlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
I love helping people move through different phases in their lives. It is gratifying to come alongside them on their journey toward healing. I want the patient to live as fulfilling, purpose driven life as possible, moving toward success in whatever method that means to him or her. I enjoy helping improve mental health issues so the patient is able to focus on what matters the most.
I love helping people move through different phases in their lives. It is gratifying to come alongside them on their journey toward healing. I want the patient to live as fulfilling, purpose driven life as possible, moving toward success in whatever method that means to him or her. I enjoy helping improve mental health issues so the patient is able to focus on what matters the most.
(615) 552-0789 View (615) 552-0789
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Megan Christenberry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Things are hard and life is not easy but there is no need to keep feeling bad. If you are dealing with sadness, worry or other thoughts and feelings that are uncomfortable, don't wait until they become overwhelming. Reach out for help.
Things are hard and life is not easy but there is no need to keep feeling bad. If you are dealing with sadness, worry or other thoughts and feelings that are uncomfortable, don't wait until they become overwhelming. Reach out for help.
(615) 527-8330 View (615) 527-8330

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Smyrna, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Smyrna, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Medication Management
60% Depression
60% ADHD
60% Bipolar Disorder
60% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Smyrna, TN see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Smyrna?

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.