Psychiatrists in Toano, VA

Photo of Kevina R. Boone, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kevina R. Boone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Toano, VA 23168
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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Rita Ososanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Toano, VA 23168
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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Dr. Chantz Bury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Toano, VA 23168
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

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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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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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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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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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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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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Arlene Quijano
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
West Point, VA 23181  (Online Only)
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
(804) 578-7542 View (804) 578-7542
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Natalie Mesco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Point, VA 23181
Natalie works with adults ages 18-65 with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and OCD and other mental health concerns. She likes to work closely with her clients to develop the best plan of care to suit their individual needs. Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University and completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University. Natalie is a native of the Richmond area. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. In her spare time she also enjoys fitness, reading, and working with her Labrador Retriever, Remi.
Natalie works with adults ages 18-65 with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and OCD and other mental health concerns. She likes to work closely with her clients to develop the best plan of care to suit their individual needs. Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University and completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University. Natalie is a native of the Richmond area. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. In her spare time she also enjoys fitness, reading, and working with her Labrador Retriever, Remi.
(804) 491-5691 View (804) 491-5691
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Arlene Quijano
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
West Point, VA 23181  (Online Only)
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
(804) 206-5986 View (804) 206-5986

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Thrishanna Clark, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Thrishanna Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
My goal is to help YOU become the BEST version of yourself that you can be. I prioritize my client's concerns and needs throughout their journey. This is a no judgement, stigma free zone. I aim to provide safe, effective, trustworthy client centered care. Everyone is unique. So, I value providing unique experiences to each individual. I welcome cultural diversity and individuals of different backgrounds.
My goal is to help YOU become the BEST version of yourself that you can be. I prioritize my client's concerns and needs throughout their journey. This is a no judgement, stigma free zone. I aim to provide safe, effective, trustworthy client centered care. Everyone is unique. So, I value providing unique experiences to each individual. I welcome cultural diversity and individuals of different backgrounds.
(434) 838-3457 View (434) 838-3457
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Ryan Ernest
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henrico, VA 23228
Children, teens and adults, who may be dealing with symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, or mood disorders. Whether you have been through the ringer with medication trials in the past, or this is your first attempt at medications, I will be here to guide you through the process.
Children, teens and adults, who may be dealing with symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, or mood disorders. Whether you have been through the ringer with medication trials in the past, or this is your first attempt at medications, I will be here to guide you through the process.
(804) 567-8837 View (804) 567-8837
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Sarah Formica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23112
Through working as both a registered nurse and psychiatric nurse practitioner, Sarah has developed an expertise in treating patients with ADHD, depression, and mood disorders. Sarah has a primary interest in working with both geriatric and adult populations. She will work with you to explore the evidence-based lifestyle changes and/or medication for improving mental health and overall wellbeing. She offers longer appointment times with a minimum of 30 minutes for medication management and up to 60 minutes for medication management and evaluation.
Through working as both a registered nurse and psychiatric nurse practitioner, Sarah has developed an expertise in treating patients with ADHD, depression, and mood disorders. Sarah has a primary interest in working with both geriatric and adult populations. She will work with you to explore the evidence-based lifestyle changes and/or medication for improving mental health and overall wellbeing. She offers longer appointment times with a minimum of 30 minutes for medication management and up to 60 minutes for medication management and evaluation.
(804) 442-3850 View (804) 442-3850
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Rondeshya Keyonna Cosby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hampton, VA 23666
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 8+ years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child and adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina and Master's Degree at Walden University. My focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse through assessments and medication management.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 8+ years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child and adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina and Master's Degree at Walden University. My focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse through assessments and medication management.
(336) 872-0744 View (336) 872-0744
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Stanisha Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23320  (Online Only)
As a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-C), I bring a comprehensive approach to the field of mental health care. With a passion for improving the well-being of individuals across the lifespan, I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
As a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-C), I bring a comprehensive approach to the field of mental health care. With a passion for improving the well-being of individuals across the lifespan, I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
(757) 993-7128 View (757) 993-7128
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Camille Brenke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23114  (Online Only)
Camille Brenke is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has experience working with children and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, psychosis, and dementia. Camille has a special interest in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as alternative and complementary medicines.
Camille Brenke is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has experience working with children and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, psychosis, and dementia. Camille has a special interest in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as alternative and complementary medicines.
(804) 575-7191 View (804) 575-7191
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23452  (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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Photo of Morgan Foster, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Morgan Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Choosing treatment for mental health is tough - I'm here to help guide you step by step in the process. With 8 years of experience in the psychiatric nursing field prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I gained tons of meaningful experiences helping treat mental illnesses across the entire lifespan, from toddlers to the elderly. I am here to treat each person holistically, and create a treatment plan that will fit THEM; telling someone to do something they don't agree with never works, right?
Choosing treatment for mental health is tough - I'm here to help guide you step by step in the process. With 8 years of experience in the psychiatric nursing field prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I gained tons of meaningful experiences helping treat mental illnesses across the entire lifespan, from toddlers to the elderly. I am here to treat each person holistically, and create a treatment plan that will fit THEM; telling someone to do something they don't agree with never works, right?
(757) 654-2474 View (757) 654-2474
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dale City, VA 22193  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(571) 554-1308 View (571) 554-1308

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Toano, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Toano, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
67% Depression
67% Grief

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Toano, VA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Toano?

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.