Psychiatrists in James City County, VA

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Photo of Sarah Yowell, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Yowell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a background of working in an Emergency Department as a registered nurse and recently for the past few years have worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a family practice. I attended Shenandoah University for my undergraduate and graduate degree in nursing and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Liberty University. I volunteer at the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County on the Access to Care Committee.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a background of working in an Emergency Department as a registered nurse and recently for the past few years have worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a family practice. I attended Shenandoah University for my undergraduate and graduate degree in nursing and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Liberty University. I volunteer at the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County on the Access to Care Committee.
(757) 835-3865 x1 View (757) 835-3865 x1
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Dr. Chantz Bury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185
I understand the challenges of life's different phases that you may experience. Finding time for yourself to seek treatment in a safe space where you can be open about your feelings is important for understanding that it is okay to be unwell. Seeking treatment is a wonderful step should you ever be ready. I am here to help.
I understand the challenges of life's different phases that you may experience. Finding time for yourself to seek treatment in a safe space where you can be open about your feelings is important for understanding that it is okay to be unwell. Seeking treatment is a wonderful step should you ever be ready. I am here to help.
(757) 859-0678 View (757) 859-0678
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Patricia Roy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Roy graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2008 and served on the faculty through 2011 where she specialized in mood disorders. Following her time at Johns Hopkins she served at Virginia Hospital Center as a medical director and providing patient care for a broad range of psychiatric conditions. She currently works with the College of William & Mary providing psychiatric care to students.
Dr. Roy graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2008 and served on the faculty through 2011 where she specialized in mood disorders. Following her time at Johns Hopkins she served at Virginia Hospital Center as a medical director and providing patient care for a broad range of psychiatric conditions. She currently works with the College of William & Mary providing psychiatric care to students.
(757) 798-7967 View (757) 798-7967
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Kevina R. Boone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Kevina received her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and Master’s degree from Walden University. She has 20+ years of experience as an RN. Kevina specialize in medication management. Treatment should always include therapeutic techniques along with medication. She enjoys team collaboration and providing holistic care.
Kevina received her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and Master’s degree from Walden University. She has 20+ years of experience as an RN. Kevina specialize in medication management. Treatment should always include therapeutic techniques along with medication. She enjoys team collaboration and providing holistic care.
(757) 720-7792 View (757) 720-7792
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Lori L Ball
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185  (Online Only)
Hello. I'm Lori Ball with Williamsburg Counseling. As a dually certified Advance Practice Nurse(Nurse Practitioner), I provide comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluations, prescribe and manage psychotropics. My professional history extends back to 1985 when I entered the world of psychiatry as a young registered nurse. 39 years later I find myself collaborating with patients across the lifespan who graciously share their stories and seek out new solutions to the demands of life. Medications are only one tool. There's so much more, so together lets discover and embrace genuine lasting change for a better tomorrow!
Hello. I'm Lori Ball with Williamsburg Counseling. As a dually certified Advance Practice Nurse(Nurse Practitioner), I provide comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluations, prescribe and manage psychotropics. My professional history extends back to 1985 when I entered the world of psychiatry as a young registered nurse. 39 years later I find myself collaborating with patients across the lifespan who graciously share their stories and seek out new solutions to the demands of life. Medications are only one tool. There's so much more, so together lets discover and embrace genuine lasting change for a better tomorrow!
(757) 859-0359 View (757) 859-0359
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Rita Ososanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Rita Ososanya is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2019. Rita conducts thorough assessments to gather information about a client's mental health status, medical history, family history, and current symptoms. She uses their clinical skills to diagnose mental health disorders based on established diagnostic criteria. Rita develops personalized treatment plans tailored to each client's unique needs. These plans may include a combination of therapy, medication, lifestyle modifications, and other interventions.
Rita Ososanya is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2019. Rita conducts thorough assessments to gather information about a client's mental health status, medical history, family history, and current symptoms. She uses their clinical skills to diagnose mental health disorders based on established diagnostic criteria. Rita develops personalized treatment plans tailored to each client's unique needs. These plans may include a combination of therapy, medication, lifestyle modifications, and other interventions.
(757) 720-2392 View (757) 720-2392
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Mimi Tyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
We are accepting New Clients. We see patients Mondays through Fridays. We offer Medication Management and Counseling/Psychotherapy Face to face or via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Virginia and Maryland. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
We are accepting New Clients. We see patients Mondays through Fridays. We offer Medication Management and Counseling/Psychotherapy Face to face or via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Virginia and Maryland. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Sarah Faber-Catanese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
33 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Have you been seeing your primary care provider for mental health needs, and not seeing the results you would like? Have you been attending therapy diligently, but not making as much progress as you had hoped? Have you ever been told you have a diagnosis such as bipolar disorder that often requires medication to achieve and maintain wellness? If any of the above apply to you, you may benefit from seeing a psychiatric specialist for medication management. Research shows that for most mental health complaints, patients get the best treatment outcomes from a combination of psychotherapy and medications.
Have you been seeing your primary care provider for mental health needs, and not seeing the results you would like? Have you been attending therapy diligently, but not making as much progress as you had hoped? Have you ever been told you have a diagnosis such as bipolar disorder that often requires medication to achieve and maintain wellness? If any of the above apply to you, you may benefit from seeing a psychiatric specialist for medication management. Research shows that for most mental health complaints, patients get the best treatment outcomes from a combination of psychotherapy and medications.
(757) 702-5191 View (757) 702-5191
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Joanna Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185  (Online Only)
The human experience is complex and dynamic, with each of us experiencing life differently through our individual experiences. I seek to meet people where they are and help them to get where they want to be. As a nurse practitioner, I believe in providing non-judgmental, wholistic care, focusing on mind, body, spirit, family, and community. I understand the commitment to overcoming adversity, advocating for my clients to approach their own problems with a positive perspective and attitude of perseverance. It is my greatest joy to help people improve their lives by mastering their thoughts and emotions.
The human experience is complex and dynamic, with each of us experiencing life differently through our individual experiences. I seek to meet people where they are and help them to get where they want to be. As a nurse practitioner, I believe in providing non-judgmental, wholistic care, focusing on mind, body, spirit, family, and community. I understand the commitment to overcoming adversity, advocating for my clients to approach their own problems with a positive perspective and attitude of perseverance. It is my greatest joy to help people improve their lives by mastering their thoughts and emotions.
(804) 234-3190 View (804) 234-3190
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Patrick Crook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185  (Online Only)
I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in South Carolina. I received my Masters in Nursing from Duquesne University (Forensic Nursing), Post-Masters in Nursing from University of Virginia (PMHNP). I served in both U.S. Navy and U.S. Public Health Service, retired in 2019. I have been practicing for 12 yrs. I have experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in South Carolina. I received my Masters in Nursing from Duquesne University (Forensic Nursing), Post-Masters in Nursing from University of Virginia (PMHNP). I served in both U.S. Navy and U.S. Public Health Service, retired in 2019. I have been practicing for 12 yrs. I have experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
(276) 296-6544 View (276) 296-6544
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Bruce Robert Stevens
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
I am bringing over 28 years of experience to a Telemedicine practice of adult psychiatry. Previously, I served 8 years as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry for Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. I strive to provide compassionate, professional, and up to date, science-based psychiatric care.
I am bringing over 28 years of experience to a Telemedicine practice of adult psychiatry. Previously, I served 8 years as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry for Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. I strive to provide compassionate, professional, and up to date, science-based psychiatric care.
(804) 201-9470 View (804) 201-9470
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Dr. Angel D. Blair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strongly believe that mental health matters and so do you. No one should have to go through difficult experiences and situations alone. Although, there is still a stigma that surrounds mental health, I thrive in providing an empathetic and nonjudgmental safe space for my patients. Providing a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, encouragement, and partnership while taking into account each patient holistically is my priority.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strongly believe that mental health matters and so do you. No one should have to go through difficult experiences and situations alone. Although, there is still a stigma that surrounds mental health, I thrive in providing an empathetic and nonjudgmental safe space for my patients. Providing a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, encouragement, and partnership while taking into account each patient holistically is my priority.
(757) 367-8924 View (757) 367-8924
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Leslie McIlvried
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23081
Feeling overwhelmed? Do you need a partner on your mental health journey? Through my years of helping individuals, I want to help you navigate and understand your mental health challenges. I would like to help you on this journey by collaborating with you for your medication management needs. Together our goal is providing medication management to promote your overall mental health wellness.
Feeling overwhelmed? Do you need a partner on your mental health journey? Through my years of helping individuals, I want to help you navigate and understand your mental health challenges. I would like to help you on this journey by collaborating with you for your medication management needs. Together our goal is providing medication management to promote your overall mental health wellness.
(804) 352-6967 View (804) 352-6967

Online Psychiatrists

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Cardinal Care Psychiatric Service
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Franklin, VA 23851
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** IN PERSON OR TELEHEALTH. My ideal client is every client who is ready to get to work to improve their mental health. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, including patient input as well as input from other members of the patient care team. My focus is in reaching a plan that is most comfortable, safe and effective for the patient.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** IN PERSON OR TELEHEALTH. My ideal client is every client who is ready to get to work to improve their mental health. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, including patient input as well as input from other members of the patient care team. My focus is in reaching a plan that is most comfortable, safe and effective for the patient.
(757) 210-5569 View (757) 210-5569
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Albert Quainoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(571) 604-5658 View (571) 604-5658
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Xiaofang Ingram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225  (Online Only)
Do you often feel anxiety or depression? Do you have difficulty sleeping well when you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel you are not able to concentrate? Do you want to manage your mental health by eating more healthily? Do you want to quit an unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking? Besides medications, I love to use talk therapies and nutrition to manage your signs and symptoms.
Do you often feel anxiety or depression? Do you have difficulty sleeping well when you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel you are not able to concentrate? Do you want to manage your mental health by eating more healthily? Do you want to quit an unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking? Besides medications, I love to use talk therapies and nutrition to manage your signs and symptoms.
(540) 660-7712 View (540) 660-7712
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Elizabeth Scarfe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23236  (Online Only)
I have been a nurse for over twenty years. I became a psych mental health NP to meet people where they are at. Just like physical health our mental health needs to be cared for in a therapeutic nonjudgmental way. The goal is not to change who you are but to help heal you from the insults and injuries that are caused by life events.
I have been a nurse for over twenty years. I became a psych mental health NP to meet people where they are at. Just like physical health our mental health needs to be cared for in a therapeutic nonjudgmental way. The goal is not to change who you are but to help heal you from the insults and injuries that are caused by life events.
(804) 570-1907 View (804) 570-1907
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Goochland Behavioral Health (Teena Nunn)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, VA 23146  (Online Only)
Are you seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, or insomnia? We can help! At GBH, we strive to create a world where mental health is just as important as physical health. We believe this begins with the patient-provider relationship. Building a relationship based on trust, medical integrity, and clinical best practices is at the heart of what we do. We take the time to listen to our patients and work collaboratively with them to develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals.
Are you seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, or insomnia? We can help! At GBH, we strive to create a world where mental health is just as important as physical health. We believe this begins with the patient-provider relationship. Building a relationship based on trust, medical integrity, and clinical best practices is at the heart of what we do. We take the time to listen to our patients and work collaboratively with them to develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals.
(804) 568-9835 View (804) 568-9835
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Mary Hart-Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Lake Ridge, VA 22192
My patients come to me with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, problems with attention and focus, work performance and academic difficulties, and relationship problems. They seek help to relieve their suffering and improve their ability to function in their daily lives. Given my education, training and experience working in Primary/Urgent Care practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner and working for 15 years in private practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am able to offer an approach to treatment that focuses on the whole person to achieve an optimum level of physical and mental health.
My patients come to me with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, problems with attention and focus, work performance and academic difficulties, and relationship problems. They seek help to relieve their suffering and improve their ability to function in their daily lives. Given my education, training and experience working in Primary/Urgent Care practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner and working for 15 years in private practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am able to offer an approach to treatment that focuses on the whole person to achieve an optimum level of physical and mental health.
(571) 777-0970 View (571) 777-0970
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Potomac shores mental health & wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Ms. Grzybowski is passionate about establishing a therapeutic rapport with her patients and believes in the value of a holistic approach to care through collaboration with an interdisciplinary team. She is committed to continuous learning to provide evidence-based treatment modalities. Her goal is to empower patients and educate the community concerning the importance of mental health management and advocacy.
Ms. Grzybowski is passionate about establishing a therapeutic rapport with her patients and believes in the value of a holistic approach to care through collaboration with an interdisciplinary team. She is committed to continuous learning to provide evidence-based treatment modalities. Her goal is to empower patients and educate the community concerning the importance of mental health management and advocacy.
(571) 470-5756 View (571) 470-5756

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in James City County, VA

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in James City County, VA who prioritize treating:

69% Anxiety
69% Medication Management
62% Depression
62% ADHD
62% Trauma and PTSD
62% Bipolar Disorder
54% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Anthem | Elevance
82% Optum

How Psychiatrists in James City County, VA see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in James City 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.