Psychiatrists in Bedford County, VA

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Focus Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bedford, VA 24523
Mental Health issues can make life difficult. At Focus Psychiatry, we want to help you get your life back on track and feeling better as soon as possible. You don't have to leave your home to see your mental health provider. Beth will come to you, virtually. All you need is an internet connection and a device with a camera and speaker. It can be as simple as your smartphone! ​ No sitter - no transportation? No problem! See your provider on your lunch break? YES! ​ Simply just don't want to fight traffic or leave home? It's easy! You can schedule online anytime at www.focuspsychiatryandwellness.com
Mental Health issues can make life difficult. At Focus Psychiatry, we want to help you get your life back on track and feeling better as soon as possible. You don't have to leave your home to see your mental health provider. Beth will come to you, virtually. All you need is an internet connection and a device with a camera and speaker. It can be as simple as your smartphone! ​ No sitter - no transportation? No problem! See your provider on your lunch break? YES! ​ Simply just don't want to fight traffic or leave home? It's easy! You can schedule online anytime at www.focuspsychiatryandwellness.com
(540) 305-3623 View (540) 305-3623
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Stephanie East
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
Stephanie is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric medication management for adolescents and adults, ages 12 and up. Please call office at 434-582-1600 or email us to schedule an appt or inquire about out of network costs. www.centralvirginiapsychiatry.com
Stephanie is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric medication management for adolescents and adults, ages 12 and up. Please call office at 434-582-1600 or email us to schedule an appt or inquire about out of network costs. www.centralvirginiapsychiatry.com
(434) 582-1600 View (434) 582-1600
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Dr. Sanket R Dhat
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
I am Founder and CEO of the Credence Behavioral Health (CBH). CBH is a multidisciplinary behavioral health care practice that offers mental health , substance abuse and Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) services to the communities of Lynchburg and surrounding Central Virginia area. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of healthcare to our patients with compassion and respect. We strive to improve the health and well-being of our community through our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and research.
I am Founder and CEO of the Credence Behavioral Health (CBH). CBH is a multidisciplinary behavioral health care practice that offers mental health , substance abuse and Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) services to the communities of Lynchburg and surrounding Central Virginia area. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of healthcare to our patients with compassion and respect. We strive to improve the health and well-being of our community through our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and research.
(434) 448-4517 View (434) 448-4517
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Center for Care and Resiliency, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO, FAPA
Verified Verified
Bedford, VA 24523
Types of Services Offered: Psychiatric Diagnostic, Assessment Psychiatric Medication Management, Ketamine treatment, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Marriage and family counseling, Group Counseling, Guidance and career counseling, Mental health counseling, Substance abuse counseling, Educational Counseling, Parenting Counseling, Infectious Disease counseling, Eating disorder counseling, Grief counseling, and Trauma counseling
Types of Services Offered: Psychiatric Diagnostic, Assessment Psychiatric Medication Management, Ketamine treatment, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Marriage and family counseling, Group Counseling, Guidance and career counseling, Mental health counseling, Substance abuse counseling, Educational Counseling, Parenting Counseling, Infectious Disease counseling, Eating disorder counseling, Grief counseling, and Trauma counseling
(540) 384-4630 View (540) 384-4630

Online Psychiatrists

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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Roanoke, VA 24018  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(757) 654-5093 View (757) 654-5093
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David V Hamilton Md
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I believe that good mental health is a product of treating the whole person. This approach often includes psychotherapy and sometimes medication, as well as mindfulness meditation, exercise, and a healthy diet. In my experience, a whole-person centered approach can decrease reliance on medications and help the patient achieve a sense of agency in their psychological wellness.
I believe that good mental health is a product of treating the whole person. This approach often includes psychotherapy and sometimes medication, as well as mindfulness meditation, exercise, and a healthy diet. In my experience, a whole-person centered approach can decrease reliance on medications and help the patient achieve a sense of agency in their psychological wellness.
(434) 326-0587 View (434) 326-0587
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Dr. Mee Young Sowa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Ruckersville, VA 22968
Finding a caring Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who listens to you with empathy, is an essential step in your journey towards managing your symptoms like anxiety, depression, mood swings and lack of focus and attention. Adults lose connection with others and even themselves. Adolescents have to deal with bullying, academic stress and struggling at school. Medication alone cannot heal your wounds; you are wounded because you are not fully accepted in your relationship with others, or you lose connection with yourself. Let's use the best evidence-based pharmacological treatment while addressing existential distress.
Finding a caring Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who listens to you with empathy, is an essential step in your journey towards managing your symptoms like anxiety, depression, mood swings and lack of focus and attention. Adults lose connection with others and even themselves. Adolescents have to deal with bullying, academic stress and struggling at school. Medication alone cannot heal your wounds; you are wounded because you are not fully accepted in your relationship with others, or you lose connection with yourself. Let's use the best evidence-based pharmacological treatment while addressing existential distress.
(434) 231-2016 View (434) 231-2016
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Julia Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cave Spring, VA 24018
Julia is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with twelve years of nursing experience working in various mental health settings. These settings range from acute inpatient hospitalization, crisis stabilization, and substance abuse treatment. She has been practicing in outpatient psychiatry for two years treating patients with anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, and addiction.
Julia is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with twelve years of nursing experience working in various mental health settings. These settings range from acute inpatient hospitalization, crisis stabilization, and substance abuse treatment. She has been practicing in outpatient psychiatry for two years treating patients with anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, and addiction.
(540) 405-6160 View (540) 405-6160
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Robert Johnston, MD - Centerspace Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
My practice focuses on the mental health of children, families, and young adults. I have experience with a wide range of presenting issues, with the most common including learning difficulties, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and mood disorders.
My practice focuses on the mental health of children, families, and young adults. I have experience with a wide range of presenting issues, with the most common including learning difficulties, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(434) 215-0998 View (434) 215-0998
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Roanoke, VA 24012  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(571) 536-6295 View (571) 536-6295
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blacksburg, VA 24060  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blacksburg, VA 24060  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Marlene Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Welcome, glad to see you’re reaching out for support; a sign of positive mental health! I have over 30 years’ experience in mental, physical and spiritual health care. I am certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. My practice philosophy is holistic, embracing body, mind and spirit to allow for maximum well-being.
Welcome, glad to see you’re reaching out for support; a sign of positive mental health! I have over 30 years’ experience in mental, physical and spiritual health care. I am certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. My practice philosophy is holistic, embracing body, mind and spirit to allow for maximum well-being.
(540) 402-1719 View (540) 402-1719
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Caretouch Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Accepting New Patients all over Washington. Call for an appointment Now. Dr. Francisca Nebe is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and family Nurse Practitioner. She has years of experience in her field and specializes in treating major depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders and other mental health conditions. Affiliated with Mindful Therapy Group.
Accepting New Patients all over Washington. Call for an appointment Now. Dr. Francisca Nebe is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and family Nurse Practitioner. She has years of experience in her field and specializes in treating major depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders and other mental health conditions. Affiliated with Mindful Therapy Group.
(509) 348-4366 View (509) 348-4366
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Stephen Narigon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsville, VA 24343  (Online Only)
We are accepting new pediatric and adult clients in North Carolina and Virginia. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience in psychiatry treating Autism, personality disorders, and mood disorders. The care provided includes solution-focused therapy, medication support, and psycho-education. My primary areas of interest include positive and supportive psychology, optimizing human performance, and evidence-based methodologies in psychiatry. I collaborate with my clients to help discover personal treatment goals and formulate a mutually agreed-upon strategy for treatment.
We are accepting new pediatric and adult clients in North Carolina and Virginia. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience in psychiatry treating Autism, personality disorders, and mood disorders. The care provided includes solution-focused therapy, medication support, and psycho-education. My primary areas of interest include positive and supportive psychology, optimizing human performance, and evidence-based methodologies in psychiatry. I collaborate with my clients to help discover personal treatment goals and formulate a mutually agreed-upon strategy for treatment.
(984) 203-9158 View (984) 203-9158
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Christopher A Rowley
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
In addition to treating general psychiatric illnesses, I work with those struggling with addictive substances including opioids, alcohol, methamphetamine, cannabis, among others. Recognizing that you will have your own unique goals, I will help you create an individualized treatment plan to serve as a compass on your journey toward healing. I recognize that while medications can be of immense benefit, they are not always a cure-all and are often only part of the solution. I do my best to stay current on the latest treatment interventions, and have even trained in the field of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.
In addition to treating general psychiatric illnesses, I work with those struggling with addictive substances including opioids, alcohol, methamphetamine, cannabis, among others. Recognizing that you will have your own unique goals, I will help you create an individualized treatment plan to serve as a compass on your journey toward healing. I recognize that while medications can be of immense benefit, they are not always a cure-all and are often only part of the solution. I do my best to stay current on the latest treatment interventions, and have even trained in the field of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.
(434) 216-6324 View (434) 216-6324
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Benjamin Stephens
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
As a board certified psychiatrist, I can offer help with clarifying diagnoses and provide recommendations on evidence-based treatment, including medication and therapy approaches.
As a board certified psychiatrist, I can offer help with clarifying diagnoses and provide recommendations on evidence-based treatment, including medication and therapy approaches.
(434) 425-7514 View (434) 425-7514
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Alana Chaffee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Powhatan, VA 23139
Alana Chaffee is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health. She has 10+ years experience as a Registered Nurse, in the ER, ICU and Radiology, caring for individuals and their families with physical and mental health needs. Throughout her career in healthcare, her passion to work in mental health continued to manifest. At the end of her Family Nurse Practitioner program, she, quickly and excitedly, decided to follow that passion and become certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Alana Chaffee is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health. She has 10+ years experience as a Registered Nurse, in the ER, ICU and Radiology, caring for individuals and their families with physical and mental health needs. Throughout her career in healthcare, her passion to work in mental health continued to manifest. At the end of her Family Nurse Practitioner program, she, quickly and excitedly, decided to follow that passion and become certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(804) 374-8720 View (804) 374-8720
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Bedford County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bedford County, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Medication Management
60% Depression
60% Anxiety
60% Addiction
60% Trauma and PTSD
60% Bipolar Disorder
60% Substance Use

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Anthem | Elevance
50% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Bedford County, VA 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 Bedford County?

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.