Psychiatrists in Fauquier County, VA

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Photo of Mind and Body Clinic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fauquier County, VA
Mind and Body Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
We are a group of therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners that offer outpatient psychiatric care for all ages. Our comprehensive services include: telehealth and in office psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, prescription management, genetic testing, and psychotherapy. We also provide consultations and evaluations for outside agencies such as the courts and schools.
We are a group of therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners that offer outpatient psychiatric care for all ages. Our comprehensive services include: telehealth and in office psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, prescription management, genetic testing, and psychotherapy. We also provide consultations and evaluations for outside agencies such as the courts and schools.
(540) 712-8949 View (540) 712-8949
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Peggy Doyle, Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH, CNS, BC
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
During the 50+ years I have been serving the community as a nurse and mental health therapist I have learned that you who come to me for help have your own answers locked inside. My work is to share my skills and experience to help you unravel your confusion and ease your emotional pain. Couples with relationship issues learn to listen. Individuals learn to deal with loss and grief. Anxiety dissipates with insight and learned skills. Children and Adolescents improve self esteem and confidence. Changing the way you look at your world will change the way you feel and act.
During the 50+ years I have been serving the community as a nurse and mental health therapist I have learned that you who come to me for help have your own answers locked inside. My work is to share my skills and experience to help you unravel your confusion and ease your emotional pain. Couples with relationship issues learn to listen. Individuals learn to deal with loss and grief. Anxiety dissipates with insight and learned skills. Children and Adolescents improve self esteem and confidence. Changing the way you look at your world will change the way you feel and act.
(540) 736-8887 View (540) 736-8887
Photo of Brittany Peebles, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fauquier County, VA
Brittany Peebles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broad Run, VA 20137
Brittany Peebles is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brittany has more than 10 years experience working in the health care field. Brittany specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder. Brittany has a holistic approach when treating her patients. Brittany feels one of the most important things is viewing the individual as a whole person, not just looking at the diagnosis given to the person. She enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog Tarzan.
Brittany Peebles is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brittany has more than 10 years experience working in the health care field. Brittany specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder. Brittany has a holistic approach when treating her patients. Brittany feels one of the most important things is viewing the individual as a whole person, not just looking at the diagnosis given to the person. She enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog Tarzan.
(571) 279-8488 View (571) 279-8488
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(240) 633-6054 View (240) 633-6054
Photo of Urgent Behavioral Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fauquier County, VA
Urgent Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MS, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
My mission is to promote mental wellness and help individuals achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives. I believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality behavioral healthcare, and I am committed to making that a reality through evidence-based practices and compassionate support.
My mission is to promote mental wellness and help individuals achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives. I believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality behavioral healthcare, and I am committed to making that a reality through evidence-based practices and compassionate support.
(571) 946-5710 View (571) 946-5710
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Kayla Potter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Warrenton, VA 20186
Not accepting new clients
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.
(804) 315-2996 View (804) 315-2996
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Essence Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
(571) 200-5234 View (571) 200-5234
Photo of Dr. Sheetal Joshi, Psychiatrist in Fauquier County, VA
Dr. Sheetal Joshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Warrenton, VA 20186
Are your mental health struggles disrupting your life, not letting you enjoy life’s pleasures? Does every day feel like a chore? Do you feel like you are on autopilot? Don’t let your struggles become your identity. Let us help you find your optimal potential so YOU can find the balance and the happiness that you deserve!
Are your mental health struggles disrupting your life, not letting you enjoy life’s pleasures? Does every day feel like a chore? Do you feel like you are on autopilot? Don’t let your struggles become your identity. Let us help you find your optimal potential so YOU can find the balance and the happiness that you deserve!
(571) 267-3188 View (571) 267-3188

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Agnes M. Zorniak, M.D., Psychiatrist in Fauquier County, VA
Agnes M. Zorniak, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
I am a Georgetown University trained psychiatrist with an extensive postgraduate training and experience. I practice evidence-based psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy and integrative medicine. I specialize in intense short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) that can lead to rapid and permanent recovery from a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-esteem and relationship problems, anger management issues, self-destructive behaviors and psychosomatic conditions. This model of therapy is very efficient and often works, even when previous therapies failed, or were only partially successful.
I am a Georgetown University trained psychiatrist with an extensive postgraduate training and experience. I practice evidence-based psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy and integrative medicine. I specialize in intense short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) that can lead to rapid and permanent recovery from a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-esteem and relationship problems, anger management issues, self-destructive behaviors and psychosomatic conditions. This model of therapy is very efficient and often works, even when previous therapies failed, or were only partially successful.
(703) 893-6077 View (703) 893-6077
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LaToya Mullen, Psychiatric Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MS, BN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
Do you need a prescription for psychiatric medication, or help balancing your medications? Has your therapist recommended medication? Do you struggle with ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, insomnia or disordered sleep, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), mood disorders, or psychosis? Often, medication can help you achieve calm, focus, and balance. Working together, we will find and fine-tune the medications that address your needs. Medication, or medication combined with therapy, supports significant improvement for many clients. Reach out today for board-certified psychiatric support.
Do you need a prescription for psychiatric medication, or help balancing your medications? Has your therapist recommended medication? Do you struggle with ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, insomnia or disordered sleep, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), mood disorders, or psychosis? Often, medication can help you achieve calm, focus, and balance. Working together, we will find and fine-tune the medications that address your needs. Medication, or medication combined with therapy, supports significant improvement for many clients. Reach out today for board-certified psychiatric support.
(703) 687-0224 View (703) 687-0224
Photo of Francoise Bissai, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fauquier County, VA
Francoise Bissai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22193  (Online Only)
At Holistiq Health, we are accepting new patients! We currently treat ages 18 and above. We are currently offering most appointments virtually via video. Visit us at www.holistiqhealthandwellness.com or call 571-400-2326. Our specialties include medication management of Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, dementia and more. We take a holistic approach to your care by focusing on your whole person; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
At Holistiq Health, we are accepting new patients! We currently treat ages 18 and above. We are currently offering most appointments virtually via video. Visit us at www.holistiqhealthandwellness.com or call 571-400-2326. Our specialties include medication management of Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, dementia and more. We take a holistic approach to your care by focusing on your whole person; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
(703) 940-0196 View (703) 940-0196
Photo of Adnan M Durrani, Psychiatrist in Fauquier County, VA
Adnan M Durrani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lorton, VA 22079
I treat a wide array of psychiatric disorders including (but not only) Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Use Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders and Sleep Disorders. I strive to treat all my patients with kindness, empathy and the patience that they deserve. Please use the link to my website on my profile to schedule an appointment. Available Tuesdays and Fridays! https://drdurranipsychiatry.com/
I treat a wide array of psychiatric disorders including (but not only) Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Use Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders and Sleep Disorders. I strive to treat all my patients with kindness, empathy and the patience that they deserve. Please use the link to my website on my profile to schedule an appointment. Available Tuesdays and Fridays! https://drdurranipsychiatry.com/
(703) 658-8467 View (703) 658-8467
Photo of Cory Alfers, Psychiatrist in Fauquier County, VA
Cory Alfers
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314  (Online Only)
Dr. Alfers is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult psychiatry. He has been practicing for over 11 years. Dr. Alfers takes a comprehensive approach to patient care. He integrates biological, psychological, and environmental factors into treatment planning. He focuses on developing a meaningful therapeutic relationship and providing medication interventions for specific treatment goals. Dr. Alfers provides interpersonal psychotherapy in conjunction with medication management services. A typical follow-up visit averages 20 minutes.
Dr. Alfers is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult psychiatry. He has been practicing for over 11 years. Dr. Alfers takes a comprehensive approach to patient care. He integrates biological, psychological, and environmental factors into treatment planning. He focuses on developing a meaningful therapeutic relationship and providing medication interventions for specific treatment goals. Dr. Alfers provides interpersonal psychotherapy in conjunction with medication management services. A typical follow-up visit averages 20 minutes.
(703) 783-7980 View (703) 783-7980
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Renewing Harmony
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you struggling with finding motivation to be successful? Do you feel constantly overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed? Do you desire to find more happiness and fulfillment in your life? We can help you conquer these things!
Are you struggling with finding motivation to be successful? Do you feel constantly overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed? Do you desire to find more happiness and fulfillment in your life? We can help you conquer these things!
(540) 413-0782 View (540) 413-0782
Photo of Snezana Sonje Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist in Fauquier County, VA
Snezana Sonje Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22304  (Online Only)
I am Certified Psychiatrist. Licensed in DC, MD, VA . I have years of experinece in psychiatry and use tools of psychodynamic psychotherapy or sometimes add medication if needed. I worked with all kinds of patients in different settings. I worked in several hospitals, clinics, community centers, goverment military clinics, universities etc.
I am Certified Psychiatrist. Licensed in DC, MD, VA . I have years of experinece in psychiatry and use tools of psychodynamic psychotherapy or sometimes add medication if needed. I worked with all kinds of patients in different settings. I worked in several hospitals, clinics, community centers, goverment military clinics, universities etc.
(571) 999-6864 View (571) 999-6864
Photo of Grace Soistman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fauquier County, VA
Grace Soistman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sterling, VA 20166
Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from George Mason University. 17 years of clinical experience from the Philippines, the Middle East, and the United States. I am currently licensed in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I am dedicated to reaching out to and helping clients from diverse communities.
Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from George Mason University. 17 years of clinical experience from the Philippines, the Middle East, and the United States. I am currently licensed in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I am dedicated to reaching out to and helping clients from diverse communities.
(571) 556-8496 View (571) 556-8496
Photo of Dr. Sherry Lucke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fauquier County, VA
Dr. Sherry Lucke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Henrico, VA 23238  (Online Only)
When I started working in healthcare as a cardiac nurse I saw the widespread effects of addiction. Since then, I’ve dedicated my career to helping people overcome substance use disorders. I use a compassionate and supportive approach along with the top medical interventions. The approach I take with clients has been influenced by my experience at the bedside as a clinical care nurse and my training as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. This enables me to support clients in their overall health as well as their behavioral health. Accepting new clients in CT and VA.
When I started working in healthcare as a cardiac nurse I saw the widespread effects of addiction. Since then, I’ve dedicated my career to helping people overcome substance use disorders. I use a compassionate and supportive approach along with the top medical interventions. The approach I take with clients has been influenced by my experience at the bedside as a clinical care nurse and my training as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. This enables me to support clients in their overall health as well as their behavioral health. Accepting new clients in CT and VA.
(475) 267-1990 View (475) 267-1990
Photo of Queer Ear Mental Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fauquier County, VA
Queer Ear Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
Presently not taking new patients, but you can contact us to be placed on our waitlist. The LGBTQIA+ (we embrace "Queer") community has the right to seek mental health medication just as we are. Perhaps you, or your child, are seeking medication management for anxiety, depression, or ADHD. Maybe you're trans/non-binary/gender-nonconforming and are tired of explaining everything to prescribers. Perhaps you're anxious or depressed about app dating or a recent kink or OnlyFans effort. Maybe, you're not out (or fully out) and need medication to help the anxiety.
Presently not taking new patients, but you can contact us to be placed on our waitlist. The LGBTQIA+ (we embrace "Queer") community has the right to seek mental health medication just as we are. Perhaps you, or your child, are seeking medication management for anxiety, depression, or ADHD. Maybe you're trans/non-binary/gender-nonconforming and are tired of explaining everything to prescribers. Perhaps you're anxious or depressed about app dating or a recent kink or OnlyFans effort. Maybe, you're not out (or fully out) and need medication to help the anxiety.
(202) 816-6667 View (202) 816-6667
Photo of Natalia ' Natasha ' Brigham, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fauquier County, VA
Natalia ' Natasha ' Brigham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22031
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of clinical experience in outpatient and inpatient settings. My approach to treatment is strength-based and tailored to each client's preferences and individual needs. Together, we will develop a holistic and safe treatment plan acceptable to you – if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for me :).
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of clinical experience in outpatient and inpatient settings. My approach to treatment is strength-based and tailored to each client's preferences and individual needs. Together, we will develop a holistic and safe treatment plan acceptable to you – if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for me :).
(703) 988-1971 View (703) 988-1971
Photo of Jamie Slagle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fauquier County, VA
Jamie Slagle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, MNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Herndon, VA 20170  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a passion and sensitivity for working with children, adolescents, and adults who are suffering from eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. My goal is to honor my patients with the time, kindness, empathy, and professionalism.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a passion and sensitivity for working with children, adolescents, and adults who are suffering from eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. My goal is to honor my patients with the time, kindness, empathy, and professionalism.
(571) 454-5832 x803 View (571) 454-5832 x803

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fauquier County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fauquier County, VA who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Behavioral Issues
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Fauquier County, VA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fauquier 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.