Psychiatrists in Lumberton, TX

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Sunshine Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, CPNP-PC, ENP-C
Verified Verified
Lumberton, TX 77657  (Online Only)
Sunshine Health was established to help adult and pediatric clients achieve their highest level of mental and physical health. Our approach to health is comprehensive including psychiatric and medical care, therapy, nutrition, weight, and activity management tailored to each individual patient to work toward their goals. We also offer corporate consulting to businesses and schools.
Sunshine Health was established to help adult and pediatric clients achieve their highest level of mental and physical health. Our approach to health is comprehensive including psychiatric and medical care, therapy, nutrition, weight, and activity management tailored to each individual patient to work toward their goals. We also offer corporate consulting to businesses and schools.
(409) 359-2399 View (409) 359-2399
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Beverly Winn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lumberton, TX 77657  (Online Only)
Passionate about mental health and finding the best treatment for you when symptoms are keeping you from having a productive and fulfilled life.
Passionate about mental health and finding the best treatment for you when symptoms are keeping you from having a productive and fulfilled life.
(409) 215-3528 View (409) 215-3528
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Amol Chaugule MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Lumberton, TX 77657
Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or problems dealing with your feelings, it can feel overwhelming to try and deal with all of this by yourself. Not wanting to face your pain is normal and it's sometimes just too scary to do it on your own. Together we can help you face your problems in a supportive and safe space. I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a deep interest in psychotherapy and expertise in prescribing medications.
Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or problems dealing with your feelings, it can feel overwhelming to try and deal with all of this by yourself. Not wanting to face your pain is normal and it's sometimes just too scary to do it on your own. Together we can help you face your problems in a supportive and safe space. I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a deep interest in psychotherapy and expertise in prescribing medications.
(832) 412-1341 View (832) 412-1341

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Compass Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77708
Compass Mental Health & Wellness (MHW) invites you to partner with us. At Compass MHW, you are not just another patient, you are part of a team. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness, in which the care is not focused solely on existing illness or pathology but expanded to allow for an integrative treatment program. During your sessions, you and your provider may discuss factors such as your daily habits and any existing physical conditions, in addition to your current symptoms. It is through that engagement that the provider is able to develop a customized program of care to better treat your concerns.
Compass Mental Health & Wellness (MHW) invites you to partner with us. At Compass MHW, you are not just another patient, you are part of a team. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness, in which the care is not focused solely on existing illness or pathology but expanded to allow for an integrative treatment program. During your sessions, you and your provider may discuss factors such as your daily habits and any existing physical conditions, in addition to your current symptoms. It is through that engagement that the provider is able to develop a customized program of care to better treat your concerns.
(832) 990-8808 View (832) 990-8808
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Empowered Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77706
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever curious if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever curious if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
(346) 559-2766 View (346) 559-2766
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Nkem A Nwaobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77708  (Online Only)
You deserve the right to heal! Yes, I’m talking to you. You deserve the right to heal from your past and present traumas- “big T's or small t's” that may be causing you any mental health challenges. You deserve to live a fulfilling life and be the very best version of yourself! I am here to support you achieve that in the most compassionate, personalized and respectful way. I am very confident in my skills to assess, diagnose, prescribe medications/therapy, and offer a comprehensive behavioral health services. I am also very experienced in treating opioid addiction and other substance use disorders with a harm reduction approach.
You deserve the right to heal! Yes, I’m talking to you. You deserve the right to heal from your past and present traumas- “big T's or small t's” that may be causing you any mental health challenges. You deserve to live a fulfilling life and be the very best version of yourself! I am here to support you achieve that in the most compassionate, personalized and respectful way. I am very confident in my skills to assess, diagnose, prescribe medications/therapy, and offer a comprehensive behavioral health services. I am also very experienced in treating opioid addiction and other substance use disorders with a harm reduction approach.
(409) 710-5735 View (409) 710-5735
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Jt Seaman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77713  (Online Only)
I love working with children and adolescents. I also love working with individuals who suffer from substance use disorders. But I am qualified and willing and able to work with individuals across the lifespan. It would be a pleasure to work with you and help you set goals to obtain your maximal level of mental health and well-being.
I love working with children and adolescents. I also love working with individuals who suffer from substance use disorders. But I am qualified and willing and able to work with individuals across the lifespan. It would be a pleasure to work with you and help you set goals to obtain your maximal level of mental health and well-being.
(409) 746-5125 View (409) 746-5125

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
League City, TX 77573
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(346) 514-4159 View (346) 514-4159
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Dr. Nadia Anne McFarlane
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77450
I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I completed my adult psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I then completed my child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I am Board Certified in General, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I completed my adult psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I then completed my child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I am Board Certified in General, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(281) 628-2999 View (281) 628-2999
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JLyle Medical Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77002
We are expanding in Texas and you can reach me by calling: 1 (786) 755-1863 or Intake+Shirley21752
We are expanding in Texas and you can reach me by calling: 1 (786) 755-1863 or Intake+Shirley21752
(979) 200-6446 View (979) 200-6446
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Dawn of Grace Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77095
Is it time to make some changes in your life? Are struggling in ways you don't understand? Depression and anxiety are real. Whether it is lack of knowledge, embarrassment, or misinformation, mental health is the topic many individuals and families would rather avoid. This leads to undiagnosed and untreated mental health struggles that can many times cause one to feel lost, invisible, alone, and unheard—but this does not have to be! Your mental health struggles do not have to control your destiny. You can take contorl and change the trajectory of your life. Let me help.
Is it time to make some changes in your life? Are struggling in ways you don't understand? Depression and anxiety are real. Whether it is lack of knowledge, embarrassment, or misinformation, mental health is the topic many individuals and families would rather avoid. This leads to undiagnosed and untreated mental health struggles that can many times cause one to feel lost, invisible, alone, and unheard—but this does not have to be! Your mental health struggles do not have to control your destiny. You can take contorl and change the trajectory of your life. Let me help.
(346) 567-8256 View (346) 567-8256
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Oluwadayo Adeyemo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Dayo Adeyemo is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Have been in healthcare for almost fifteen years, providing holistic, compassionate mental, and medical care to various demography of patients. Dayo manages and treats a wide range of mental health disorders, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Dementia. Dayo provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management specifically tailored needs for each client according to their personal history and circumstances.
Dayo Adeyemo is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Have been in healthcare for almost fifteen years, providing holistic, compassionate mental, and medical care to various demography of patients. Dayo manages and treats a wide range of mental health disorders, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Dementia. Dayo provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management specifically tailored needs for each client according to their personal history and circumstances.
(281) 559-7086 View (281) 559-7086
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bright mind psychiatry services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77082
My name Temitope Olumuji, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating clients across the lifespan. I have worked in medical (oncology as an RN for 8 years, now i have brought both medical and psychiatric experience to help my patient heal. I treat teens, young adult and elderly population with a focus of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. I specialize in medication management. I am dedicated to helping client through their mental health stability.
My name Temitope Olumuji, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating clients across the lifespan. I have worked in medical (oncology as an RN for 8 years, now i have brought both medical and psychiatric experience to help my patient heal. I treat teens, young adult and elderly population with a focus of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. I specialize in medication management. I am dedicated to helping client through their mental health stability.
(832) 281-5994 View (832) 281-5994
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I Believe Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, CCHP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77070
We are currently accepting new patients from Texas, New Mexico & Arizona. We also have flexible appointment schedules including evenings, afternoons and weekends. We offer both office visits & tele-psychiatry. We evaluate and treat all patients from age 18, requiring mental health care. At I believe Psychiatry, your well being and satisfaction are important to us. We strongly believe we can assist you; if you believe. We take time to listen to our patients' needs and concerns. We formulate treatment plans according to our patient's needs, backgrounds and preferences.
We are currently accepting new patients from Texas, New Mexico & Arizona. We also have flexible appointment schedules including evenings, afternoons and weekends. We offer both office visits & tele-psychiatry. We evaluate and treat all patients from age 18, requiring mental health care. At I believe Psychiatry, your well being and satisfaction are important to us. We strongly believe we can assist you; if you believe. We take time to listen to our patients' needs and concerns. We formulate treatment plans according to our patient's needs, backgrounds and preferences.
(713) 766-0260 View (713) 766-0260
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Shea T. Sawyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Conroe, TX 77301
Hi! I am Shea, a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. I am a Christian as well. I have years of experience working with people that desire to improve their wellness. I prescribe medication to help as well as necessary referrals and health education. I am able to formally diagnosis and treat all psychiatric conditions. I also work with patients that desire to be free from medications, or that want a second opinion. I use a holistic approach whenever possible and help guide you to find the most appropriate treatment plan you are comfortable with.
Hi! I am Shea, a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. I am a Christian as well. I have years of experience working with people that desire to improve their wellness. I prescribe medication to help as well as necessary referrals and health education. I am able to formally diagnosis and treat all psychiatric conditions. I also work with patients that desire to be free from medications, or that want a second opinion. I use a holistic approach whenever possible and help guide you to find the most appropriate treatment plan you are comfortable with.
(281) 801-8090 View (281) 801-8090
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Lynka Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459  (Online Only)
No need to leave home, I offer appointment by video. My nursing career began as a Naval Nurse Corps officer, caring for mentally ill military members, this is where my interest began. I obtained a PMHNP degree. I treat all psychiatric/mental health conditions & can prescribe medications. We will work as a team to find the best treatment options for you. Please visit my site for answers to your questions.
No need to leave home, I offer appointment by video. My nursing career began as a Naval Nurse Corps officer, caring for mentally ill military members, this is where my interest began. I obtained a PMHNP degree. I treat all psychiatric/mental health conditions & can prescribe medications. We will work as a team to find the best treatment options for you. Please visit my site for answers to your questions.
(832) 906-8640 View (832) 906-8640
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Yolanda Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kingwood, TX 77339
Yolanda Smith is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Yolanda can help a client by relating to him/her and helping them to understand that psychotherapy is just as important as medication management. Outside of work, Yolanda enjoys reading, listening to music, attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.
Yolanda Smith is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Yolanda can help a client by relating to him/her and helping them to understand that psychotherapy is just as important as medication management. Outside of work, Yolanda enjoys reading, listening to music, attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.
(281) 519-2357 View (281) 519-2357
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MindRestorative Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77707
At MindRestorative, our providers are highly skilled, compassionate, and experienced Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners specializing in treating adults, adolescents, children, and families dealing with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Insomnia, and Childhood mood Disorders.
At MindRestorative, our providers are highly skilled, compassionate, and experienced Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners specializing in treating adults, adolescents, children, and families dealing with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Insomnia, and Childhood mood Disorders.
(832) 662-8218 View (832) 662-8218
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Nzima Etta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002
I’m Nzima Josephine Etta, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with 2 yrs of experience as a provider and over 6 yrs in the behavioral health setting. I’m experienced in the evaluation and management of mental health.
I’m Nzima Josephine Etta, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with 2 yrs of experience as a provider and over 6 yrs in the behavioral health setting. I’m experienced in the evaluation and management of mental health.
(817) 670-4464 View (817) 670-4464
Zishan Samiuddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
If you are in distress and want to schedule a confidential consultation with a Board Certified psychiatrist within 1-2 weeks, please call me. I have 25+ years of experience, expertise and interest in treating adult and geriatric patients. We will start with taking inventory of your medical, psycho-spiritual and socio-cultural needs and decide if medications and/or psychotherapy are indicated. I can provide a comprehensive second opinion about your medication and therapy regimen. You will hear from me personally to answer questions before you schedule an appointment.
If you are in distress and want to schedule a confidential consultation with a Board Certified psychiatrist within 1-2 weeks, please call me. I have 25+ years of experience, expertise and interest in treating adult and geriatric patients. We will start with taking inventory of your medical, psycho-spiritual and socio-cultural needs and decide if medications and/or psychotherapy are indicated. I can provide a comprehensive second opinion about your medication and therapy regimen. You will hear from me personally to answer questions before you schedule an appointment.
(713) 597-8602 View (713) 597-8602

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lumberton, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lumberton, TX who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% ADHD
67% Medication Management
67% Veterans
33% Relationship Issues
33% Anxiety
33% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% UMR

How Psychiatrists in Lumberton, TX see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lumberton?

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.