Psychiatrists in Stafford, VA

Photo of Kedest Gebreselassie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Stafford, VA
Kedest Gebreselassie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22554
I have been fascinated by the complex processes of the mind and the profound effects that mental illness has on people and their families. I was inspired to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner by a strong desire to improve people's lives. Throughout my nursing career, I have witnessed the profound impact that mental health conditions can have on individuals' overall well-being. I have seen the challenges faced by those living with mental illness, as well as the immense strength and resilience they possess. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals in need.
I have been fascinated by the complex processes of the mind and the profound effects that mental illness has on people and their families. I was inspired to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner by a strong desire to improve people's lives. Throughout my nursing career, I have witnessed the profound impact that mental health conditions can have on individuals' overall well-being. I have seen the challenges faced by those living with mental illness, as well as the immense strength and resilience they possess. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals in need.
(540) 657-3341 x101 View (540) 657-3341 x101
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Veronica A Forchu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22556  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Veronica Forchu. I earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Brandman University California with specialty in Psychiatry and Mental Health Across the Lifespan. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing Ohio. I have experience in case management, serving patients of different age groups in home health, palliative care, and hospice, and managing anxiety, depression, dementia, psychotic episodes and pain at end-of-life. I bring with me over 10 years of experience working with patients and providing emotional support to their families and loved ones dealing with loss & grief.
I am Dr. Veronica Forchu. I earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Brandman University California with specialty in Psychiatry and Mental Health Across the Lifespan. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing Ohio. I have experience in case management, serving patients of different age groups in home health, palliative care, and hospice, and managing anxiety, depression, dementia, psychotic episodes and pain at end-of-life. I bring with me over 10 years of experience working with patients and providing emotional support to their families and loved ones dealing with loss & grief.
(540) 202-1942 View (540) 202-1942
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Holistic Psychiatry & Medical Center, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS BOTH IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL! We deliver a compassionate and respectable care to all patients. Moreover, while managing your symptoms with medications, we also take into consideration your general well-being. Our provider is dual-certified and licensed as a Family and Psychiatric NP with experience working with pediatrics, young adult, and geriatric populations.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS BOTH IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL! We deliver a compassionate and respectable care to all patients. Moreover, while managing your symptoms with medications, we also take into consideration your general well-being. Our provider is dual-certified and licensed as a Family and Psychiatric NP with experience working with pediatrics, young adult, and geriatric populations.
(571) 462-6330 View (571) 462-6330
Photo of Ali Altahir, Psychiatrist in Stafford, VA
Ali Altahir
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22554
A child and adolescent psychiatrist, conducts full psychiatric evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults. Experienced in the treatment of a variety of clinical concerns, including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis. After adult psychiatry training in Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Altahir completed his fellowship studies at Penn state University in 2005.
A child and adolescent psychiatrist, conducts full psychiatric evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults. Experienced in the treatment of a variety of clinical concerns, including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis. After adult psychiatry training in Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Altahir completed his fellowship studies at Penn state University in 2005.
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Kadija Conteh-Barrat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22554
Welcome to Barrat Behavioral Health & Consulting. I'm glad you are here! As a board-certified PMHNP and FNP, I believe in using a holistic, biopsychosocial, and collaborative approach to meet your behavioral health needs. I have over 8 years of experience in a variety of areas including primary care and diverse psychiatric and mental health care including mood disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, substance use disorders, grief, adjustment disorders, and other psychiatric concerns. I help individuals struggling with mental health issues become the best version of themselves.
Welcome to Barrat Behavioral Health & Consulting. I'm glad you are here! As a board-certified PMHNP and FNP, I believe in using a holistic, biopsychosocial, and collaborative approach to meet your behavioral health needs. I have over 8 years of experience in a variety of areas including primary care and diverse psychiatric and mental health care including mood disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, substance use disorders, grief, adjustment disorders, and other psychiatric concerns. I help individuals struggling with mental health issues become the best version of themselves.
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Collette Fanyi Ngante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22556
My name is Collette Ngante, I am a psychiatric and mental health Nurse Practitioner. I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). I also have a Masters in Public Health and two Bachelors Degrees in nursing and sociology & anthropology. Working with sociology and anthropology along with my experience in mental health combine in creating a personalized safe space for all clients who may need my help. We Provide an individualistic approach of care with dignity and respect. We also extend our services to Group homes, Foster Care Homes, Assisted Living facilities and other Long-term care facilities .
My name is Collette Ngante, I am a psychiatric and mental health Nurse Practitioner. I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). I also have a Masters in Public Health and two Bachelors Degrees in nursing and sociology & anthropology. Working with sociology and anthropology along with my experience in mental health combine in creating a personalized safe space for all clients who may need my help. We Provide an individualistic approach of care with dignity and respect. We also extend our services to Group homes, Foster Care Homes, Assisted Living facilities and other Long-term care facilities .
(540) 779-1648 View (540) 779-1648
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Ruby Anumah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554
As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my focus is on providing comprehensive and holistic care to individuals and families. My unique skill set allows me to address both physical and mental health concerns, providing a well-rounded approach to treatment. I am trained to perform physical exams, make diagnoses, and develop treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, including mental health disorders. I also have expertise in medication management, and can prescribe and monitor psychiatric medications as part of a treatment plan.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my focus is on providing comprehensive and holistic care to individuals and families. My unique skill set allows me to address both physical and mental health concerns, providing a well-rounded approach to treatment. I am trained to perform physical exams, make diagnoses, and develop treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, including mental health disorders. I also have expertise in medication management, and can prescribe and monitor psychiatric medications as part of a treatment plan.
(571) 701-2695 View (571) 701-2695
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Dr. Doris Cudjoe Owusu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22554
Dr. Owusu is a dual-certified and licensed Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia and Maryland. I have many years of experience working in healthcare and a background in working with young adult, and geriatric populations in both inpatient, outpatient, and community nursing. I am committed to providing comprehensive individualized care by focusing on the needs and struggles of my patients, and together we develop a personalized care plan which fits the patient's needs.
Dr. Owusu is a dual-certified and licensed Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia and Maryland. I have many years of experience working in healthcare and a background in working with young adult, and geriatric populations in both inpatient, outpatient, and community nursing. I am committed to providing comprehensive individualized care by focusing on the needs and struggles of my patients, and together we develop a personalized care plan which fits the patient's needs.
(571) 556-9417 View (571) 556-9417
Photo of Madeleine Eugene, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Stafford, VA
Madeleine Eugene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22556
I diagnose and treat patients with anxiety, depression, dementia, substance abuse disorders, and other psychiatric disorders. My goal as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to incorporate both psychiatric nursing and primary care. As a result, this effort can improve your life physically and mentally. I teach you the management of your chronic disease. It includes medications and non-pharmaceutical approaches such as motivational interviewing, where to go when in crisis, and how to utilize resources to help with the cost.
I diagnose and treat patients with anxiety, depression, dementia, substance abuse disorders, and other psychiatric disorders. My goal as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to incorporate both psychiatric nursing and primary care. As a result, this effort can improve your life physically and mentally. I teach you the management of your chronic disease. It includes medications and non-pharmaceutical approaches such as motivational interviewing, where to go when in crisis, and how to utilize resources to help with the cost.
(530) 420-1944 View (530) 420-1944
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Elizabeth Onyejekwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22556
I am a psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat people struggling with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Trichotillomania, Tics, Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, Autism, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, PTSD, Panic disorder, Bipolar disorder, Intermittent Explosive disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Personality disorders, perinatal and post-natal mood disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy with a holistic approach. I customize treatment to meet each person's unique needs and goals.
I am a psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat people struggling with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Trichotillomania, Tics, Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, Autism, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, PTSD, Panic disorder, Bipolar disorder, Intermittent Explosive disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Personality disorders, perinatal and post-natal mood disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy with a holistic approach. I customize treatment to meet each person's unique needs and goals.
(540) 274-5245 View (540) 274-5245
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Akua Amponsah-Adjei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554
I am Akua Amponsah-Adjei, a passionate and experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My journey began at James Madison University, where I honed the fundamentals of nursing, and it reached new heights with a graduate degree from George Washington University.
I am Akua Amponsah-Adjei, a passionate and experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My journey began at James Madison University, where I honed the fundamentals of nursing, and it reached new heights with a graduate degree from George Washington University.
(540) 384-9071 View (540) 384-9071
Photo of Kimberly Ann Bailey Dexter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Stafford, VA
Kimberly Ann Bailey Dexter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554
I offer patient-centered care and that means a collaborative effort of decision making is performed to provide the treatment services you want or need to ensure recovery or optimal functioning. I provide quality treatment that leads to recovery, personal development, and helps you to achieve your treatment goals for success and optimal functioning for daily living. I have over 10 years of psychiatric experience in both outpatient and inpatient treatment in crisis stabilization, substance use services.
I offer patient-centered care and that means a collaborative effort of decision making is performed to provide the treatment services you want or need to ensure recovery or optimal functioning. I provide quality treatment that leads to recovery, personal development, and helps you to achieve your treatment goals for success and optimal functioning for daily living. I have over 10 years of psychiatric experience in both outpatient and inpatient treatment in crisis stabilization, substance use services.
(540) 889-0943 View (540) 889-0943
Photo of Sana Kamal, Psychiatrist in Stafford, VA
Sana Kamal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554  (Online Only)
Dr. Kamal is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. Dr. Kamal is passionate about the care she provides to her patients and sees her work with patients as a partnership. Dr Kamal was instrumental in establishing a psychiatric care unit in a reputed hospital which gained the distinction of achieving the highest patient's satisfaction in a short span of time. She has an extensive experience treating adults who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorders, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, Schizoaffective D/O and others.
Dr. Kamal is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. Dr. Kamal is passionate about the care she provides to her patients and sees her work with patients as a partnership. Dr Kamal was instrumental in establishing a psychiatric care unit in a reputed hospital which gained the distinction of achieving the highest patient's satisfaction in a short span of time. She has an extensive experience treating adults who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorders, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, Schizoaffective D/O and others.
(703) 215-9723 View (703) 215-9723
Photo of Leigh Carter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Stafford, VA
Leigh Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22554
Leigh is a dedicated and highly accomplished professional with an extensive background spanning eleven years across diverse healthcare settings, including emergency, procedural, and psychiatric care. Originally hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, Leigh's journey began in the Marine Corps immediately after high school. Over the course of six years, he not only traveled across multiple continents but also achieved meritorious promotions and gained invaluable combat experience, demonstrating unwavering dedication and exemplary leadership qualities.
Leigh is a dedicated and highly accomplished professional with an extensive background spanning eleven years across diverse healthcare settings, including emergency, procedural, and psychiatric care. Originally hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, Leigh's journey began in the Marine Corps immediately after high school. Over the course of six years, he not only traveled across multiple continents but also achieved meritorious promotions and gained invaluable combat experience, demonstrating unwavering dedication and exemplary leadership qualities.
(804) 552-3873 View (804) 552-3873
Photo of Mizpah Amados, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Stafford, VA
Mizpah Amados
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554
Hi there, My name is Mizpah. I am a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Do you feel like you are no longer the old you?
Hi there, My name is Mizpah. I am a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Do you feel like you are no longer the old you?
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Grace Soistman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554
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
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EAE
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554  (Online Only)
Book an appointment on Grow Therapy. Steph is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a medical provider, he is a firm believer in creating a principled safe place; his responsibility is to enhance each person’s experience by engaging in effective, respectful communication. From the moment Steph meets you he provides quality services through an unique individualized approach to enhance one’s understanding. If necessary, in a collaborative manner he is willing to work with each person’s support system.
Book an appointment on Grow Therapy. Steph is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a medical provider, he is a firm believer in creating a principled safe place; his responsibility is to enhance each person’s experience by engaging in effective, respectful communication. From the moment Steph meets you he provides quality services through an unique individualized approach to enhance one’s understanding. If necessary, in a collaborative manner he is willing to work with each person’s support system.
(804) 331-6676 View (804) 331-6676
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Kristy Wade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554  (Online Only)
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. At Inspire Behavioral Health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than the symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. At Inspire Behavioral Health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than the symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 901-1276 View (571) 901-1276
Photo of Adomale Elba, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Stafford, VA
Adomale Elba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554
Hello there, I'm Dr. Elba, I understand that seeking help for mental health can be daunting and overwhelming! I am here to support you every step of the way! My mission is to promote mental wellness and help individuals achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives.
Hello there, I'm Dr. Elba, I understand that seeking help for mental health can be daunting and overwhelming! I am here to support you every step of the way! My mission is to promote mental wellness and help individuals achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives.
(571) 556-8383 View (571) 556-8383
Photo of Veronique Kom, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Stafford, VA
Veronique Kom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse practitioner based in Virginia.
Hi! I am a Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse practitioner based in Virginia.
(571) 470-6369 View (571) 470-6369

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Stafford, VA

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Stafford, VA who prioritize treating:

95% Bipolar Disorder
90% Depression
90% ADHD
86% Anxiety
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
62% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Stafford, VA see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Stafford?

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.