Psychiatrists in Sperryville, VA

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Rebecca Ann Myers-Settle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Sperryville, VA 22740
(540) 302-5741 View (540) 302-5741

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Katherine Warzinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Washington, VA 22747  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! I am an experienced and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing outpatient telehealth mental health services for adults 18 and older in Virginia. Services include diagnosis, medication management, and supportive counseling. I provide an embracing and inclusive environment for clients with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, ADHD,  gender dysphoria, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance and alcohol use disorders, and more. All appointments are via a secure telehealth platform from the comfort of your home.
Accepting new patients! I am an experienced and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing outpatient telehealth mental health services for adults 18 and older in Virginia. Services include diagnosis, medication management, and supportive counseling. I provide an embracing and inclusive environment for clients with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, ADHD,  gender dysphoria, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance and alcohol use disorders, and more. All appointments are via a secure telehealth platform from the comfort of your home.
(540) 269-5314 View (540) 269-5314

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Halima Al-Qawasmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
I attended West Virginia University School of Medicine for both medical school and my residency training in Psychiatry. I am passionate about improving the lives of patients with mental illness through a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy interventions. I practice Psychiatry using an integrative approach that includes coordination with other doctors, attempting to strengthen social supports, and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
I attended West Virginia University School of Medicine for both medical school and my residency training in Psychiatry. I am passionate about improving the lives of patients with mental illness through a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy interventions. I practice Psychiatry using an integrative approach that includes coordination with other doctors, attempting to strengthen social supports, and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
(703) 686-8700 View (703) 686-8700
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Afua Ayim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22310  (Online Only)
Afua is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia. She has 15 years of experience in nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Afua acknowledges that each patient is a unique individual and should be treated as such. She engages with you to work together to achieve desired goals of treatment while respecting your preferences as the patient. She works to provide patients and families with accurate and detailed information about their diagnosis to empower them to participate in their care.
Afua is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia. She has 15 years of experience in nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Afua acknowledges that each patient is a unique individual and should be treated as such. She engages with you to work together to achieve desired goals of treatment while respecting your preferences as the patient. She works to provide patients and families with accurate and detailed information about their diagnosis to empower them to participate in their care.
(571) 450-9172 View (571) 450-9172
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Marcia Friend
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
Over the last two decades, Marcia has serviced a multitude of health care environments as a registered nurse in administrative and clinical roles. When caring for clients as a registered nurse, Marcia recognized a common theme that correlates frame of mind with physical health and overall wellness. With this awareness, she pursued and attained board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Across the Lifespan. She embraces the notion that at the core of each human is a distinct need to thrive in a steady state of wellness in mind, body, and soul.
Over the last two decades, Marcia has serviced a multitude of health care environments as a registered nurse in administrative and clinical roles. When caring for clients as a registered nurse, Marcia recognized a common theme that correlates frame of mind with physical health and overall wellness. With this awareness, she pursued and attained board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Across the Lifespan. She embraces the notion that at the core of each human is a distinct need to thrive in a steady state of wellness in mind, body, and soul.
(703) 457-1602 View (703) 457-1602
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Maura Constance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Vital Health & Integrative Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
King George, VA 22485
Kristen Ritenour, a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Disorders. Kristen combines empathy and expertise to understand the complexities of the human experience, encompassing mind, body, and spirit.Kristen adopts a client-centered approach, customizing her services to each individual. She combines medication management and psychotherapy to address her clients' needs effectively. Kristen specializes in treating mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse, and ADHD across the lifespan.
Kristen Ritenour, a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Disorders. Kristen combines empathy and expertise to understand the complexities of the human experience, encompassing mind, body, and spirit.Kristen adopts a client-centered approach, customizing her services to each individual. She combines medication management and psychotherapy to address her clients' needs effectively. Kristen specializes in treating mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse, and ADHD across the lifespan.
(540) 402-9924 View (540) 402-9924
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Achieve Psychiatric Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22401  (Online Only)
With a balanced blend of lifestyle enhancements and the right prescription medications, our goal is to restore you to feeling your very best.
With a balanced blend of lifestyle enhancements and the right prescription medications, our goal is to restore you to feeling your very best.
(904) 329-7547 View (904) 329-7547
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Sahar Zaidi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Reston, VA 20190
I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with the compassion to provide personalized and integrated care. I understand the importance of treating the whole person and addressing their physical, emotional, and social well-being. By honoring everyone’s unique strengths and experiences, I strive to provide comprehensive care that encompasses all aspects of their health. Utilizing evidence-based methods, my commitment is to deliver the highest quality care to each patient I work with.
I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with the compassion to provide personalized and integrated care. I understand the importance of treating the whole person and addressing their physical, emotional, and social well-being. By honoring everyone’s unique strengths and experiences, I strive to provide comprehensive care that encompasses all aspects of their health. Utilizing evidence-based methods, my commitment is to deliver the highest quality care to each patient I work with.
(703) 991-0564 View (703) 991-0564
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Cynthia Awadzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Annandale, VA 22003
As a doctorate prepared nurse practitioner with five years of diverse experience in acute care, community, and outpatient settings, I bring a wealth of expertise in providing comprehensive healthcare.
As a doctorate prepared nurse practitioner with five years of diverse experience in acute care, community, and outpatient settings, I bring a wealth of expertise in providing comprehensive healthcare.
(703) 260-9498 View (703) 260-9498
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Sabah Hadi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147
Congratulation to Dr. Sabah Hadi for the esteemed recognition by the Washingtonian Magazine, as a "Top Psychiatrist". Dr. Hadi is one of few Adult and Child Psychiatrist in the area to receive this recognition and honor. Dr. Hadi is a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, trained, experienced and certified to treat all age groups. Dr. Hadi have more than 10 years experience and interest treating clients with ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating disorder, Trauma, Obsessive and Autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Hadi also has extensive training and experience treating addiction disorders. He is credentialed to treat opiate addiction with Suboxone.
Congratulation to Dr. Sabah Hadi for the esteemed recognition by the Washingtonian Magazine, as a "Top Psychiatrist". Dr. Hadi is one of few Adult and Child Psychiatrist in the area to receive this recognition and honor. Dr. Hadi is a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, trained, experienced and certified to treat all age groups. Dr. Hadi have more than 10 years experience and interest treating clients with ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating disorder, Trauma, Obsessive and Autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Hadi also has extensive training and experience treating addiction disorders. He is credentialed to treat opiate addiction with Suboxone.
(703) 831-6767 View (703) 831-6767
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Better Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MEd, APRN, PMHNP, CNE
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Welcome to Better Mental Health & Wellness, an integrated mental health practice owned and operated by Dr. Lee Moore, PMHNP-BC. We offer psychiatric services to Virginia residents via telehealth or in-person meetings. While we have focused experience working alongside LGBTQ+-identifying individuals, individuals with trauma histories, and individuals managing substance use concerns, we welcome ALL individuals seeking support and direction. Dr. Moore has experience working within a wide range of settings and with individuals across every spectrum, offering a unique perspective on care.
Welcome to Better Mental Health & Wellness, an integrated mental health practice owned and operated by Dr. Lee Moore, PMHNP-BC. We offer psychiatric services to Virginia residents via telehealth or in-person meetings. While we have focused experience working alongside LGBTQ+-identifying individuals, individuals with trauma histories, and individuals managing substance use concerns, we welcome ALL individuals seeking support and direction. Dr. Moore has experience working within a wide range of settings and with individuals across every spectrum, offering a unique perspective on care.
(804) 294-4811 View (804) 294-4811
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Nicholas Santalucia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23228
Nick is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated with his Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2022. He is a clinician who offers psychiatric medication management and supportive counseling. Before beginning his career as a Nurse Practitioner, Nick worked for 8+ years in inpatient Adult Medical and Acute Psychiatry at VCU. His profession as a psychiatric nurse has taught him to see people as they are, and to avoid labeling individuals based on their mental illness. Nick strives to provide a nonjudgmental, safe environment for all.
Nick is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated with his Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2022. He is a clinician who offers psychiatric medication management and supportive counseling. Before beginning his career as a Nurse Practitioner, Nick worked for 8+ years in inpatient Adult Medical and Acute Psychiatry at VCU. His profession as a psychiatric nurse has taught him to see people as they are, and to avoid labeling individuals based on their mental illness. Nick strives to provide a nonjudgmental, safe environment for all.
(804) 361-7556 x2 View (804) 361-7556 x2
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Emlyne St. Helen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22209  (Online Only)
I have experience treating patients in acute care setting, outpatient practice and long-term care setting. I have experience working with a diverse group of patients living with mental health diagnosis for the past Six and half years I Practice psychiatry mostly in the adult and geriatric population in long-term care, assisted living independent living facilities and the geriatric assessment clinic. I have extensive experience working with persons living with dementia and equip to educate caregivers if indicated.
I have experience treating patients in acute care setting, outpatient practice and long-term care setting. I have experience working with a diverse group of patients living with mental health diagnosis for the past Six and half years I Practice psychiatry mostly in the adult and geriatric population in long-term care, assisted living independent living facilities and the geriatric assessment clinic. I have extensive experience working with persons living with dementia and equip to educate caregivers if indicated.
(571) 462-2628 View (571) 462-2628
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Brittany Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Henrico, VA 23294
Brittany is accepting new clients (ages 14-64)- For faster service, email us! Brittany is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to providing an individualized treatment plan for each patient, focusing on a holistic and evidence-based approach to treatment. She collaborates with each patient in achieving the best quality of life by prioritizing each patient’s specific goals for treatment. She believes in providing a safe and judgment-free environment while building a strong rapport with each patient.
Brittany is accepting new clients (ages 14-64)- For faster service, email us! Brittany is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to providing an individualized treatment plan for each patient, focusing on a holistic and evidence-based approach to treatment. She collaborates with each patient in achieving the best quality of life by prioritizing each patient’s specific goals for treatment. She believes in providing a safe and judgment-free environment while building a strong rapport with each patient.
(804) 966-0197 View (804) 966-0197
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Shealyn Cyr
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
Shealyn Cyr, MD is a board-certified Psychiatrist in Virginia who has been practicing since 2006. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at San Antonio, her medical school at Texas A&M University, College of Medicine, and her Residency at the University of Texas at Southwestern. Dr. Cyr believes in a balanced approach to psychiatric health through a model that integrates medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and thorough medical evaluation.
Shealyn Cyr, MD is a board-certified Psychiatrist in Virginia who has been practicing since 2006. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at San Antonio, her medical school at Texas A&M University, College of Medicine, and her Residency at the University of Texas at Southwestern. Dr. Cyr believes in a balanced approach to psychiatric health through a model that integrates medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and thorough medical evaluation.
(571) 946-8134 View (571) 946-8134
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22203  (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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Germaine Kelley-Pope
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Asking for help can be overwhelming, but it's an important first step toward prioritizing your mental health. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm here to support you on this journey. I offer both medication management and psychotherapy, providing a comprehensive approach to mental health care. With over 15 years of experience, I specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions.
Asking for help can be overwhelming, but it's an important first step toward prioritizing your mental health. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm here to support you on this journey. I offer both medication management and psychotherapy, providing a comprehensive approach to mental health care. With over 15 years of experience, I specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions.
(804) 465-9601 View (804) 465-9601
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Mariah Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, VA 22314
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in psychopharmacology, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for my patients. Through telehealth sessions, I offer a confidential space where individuals can freely express their struggles and concerns related to their mental health. I prioritize privacy and peace of mind for my patients, ensuring that they feel heard, understood, and valued throughout our interactions. My goal is to empower individuals to navigate their mental health journey with confidence and compassion, guiding them towards holistic well-being and improved quality of life.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in psychopharmacology, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for my patients. Through telehealth sessions, I offer a confidential space where individuals can freely express their struggles and concerns related to their mental health. I prioritize privacy and peace of mind for my patients, ensuring that they feel heard, understood, and valued throughout our interactions. My goal is to empower individuals to navigate their mental health journey with confidence and compassion, guiding them towards holistic well-being and improved quality of life.
(703) 912-0479 x1 View (703) 912-0479 x1
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Binta Bojang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23230  (Online Only)
The best way to contact me is via email or text 240-607-5319. I am currently accepting new patients. However, I do not accept Virginia Medicaid. I am Dr. Binta Bojang, CRNP, PMHNP, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, encompassing medical and mental health care. My specialization lies in treating both children and adults, offering comprehensive medication management for all mental health disorders. The initial appointment typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, ensuring a thorough assessment. Medication is prescribed based on client preference and need, with close monthly monitoring until stability is achieved.
The best way to contact me is via email or text 240-607-5319. I am currently accepting new patients. However, I do not accept Virginia Medicaid. I am Dr. Binta Bojang, CRNP, PMHNP, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, encompassing medical and mental health care. My specialization lies in treating both children and adults, offering comprehensive medication management for all mental health disorders. The initial appointment typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, ensuring a thorough assessment. Medication is prescribed based on client preference and need, with close monthly monitoring until stability is achieved.
(804) 446-6955 View (804) 446-6955

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Number of Psychiatrists in Sperryville, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Sperryville, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Sperryville, VA see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sperryville?

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.