Psychiatrists in Virginia Beach City County, VA

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Seaside Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNP, FNP
Verified
Tina Matthews-Hayes is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She previously held the position of Clinical Manager at Western PA Behavioral Health Resources; however, relocated to a practice in the Virginia Beach area. While Tina is a national key opinion leader in the management of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Adjunctive Major Depressive Disorder, and Tardive Dyskinesia, she has extensive experience treating autism, ADHD, child/ adolescent psychiatric care as well as general psychiatric care across the lifespan.
Tina Matthews-Hayes is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She previously held the position of Clinical Manager at Western PA Behavioral Health Resources; however, relocated to a practice in the Virginia Beach area. While Tina is a national key opinion leader in the management of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Adjunctive Major Depressive Disorder, and Tardive Dyskinesia, she has extensive experience treating autism, ADHD, child/ adolescent psychiatric care as well as general psychiatric care across the lifespan.
(757) 895-7769 View (757) 895-7769
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Brookside Psychiatric Specialists PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
New clients welcome! Are you a mom or soon to be mom who just isn't feeling like yourself? Are you feeling sad or empty and can’t figure out why? Are you having scary thoughts about something happening to your baby or children? You’re not alone. These are signs of depression and anxiety which are very common during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. You don’t need to wonder if it’s normal or try and get better on your own, and you don’t need to feel scared to tell someone what you’re going through. Treatment can help and there are specialized providers who understand your unique struggles.
New clients welcome! Are you a mom or soon to be mom who just isn't feeling like yourself? Are you feeling sad or empty and can’t figure out why? Are you having scary thoughts about something happening to your baby or children? You’re not alone. These are signs of depression and anxiety which are very common during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. You don’t need to wonder if it’s normal or try and get better on your own, and you don’t need to feel scared to tell someone what you’re going through. Treatment can help and there are specialized providers who understand your unique struggles.
(757) 997-2442 x1002 View (757) 997-2442 x1002
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Giovanni Pascal Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
(802) 255-8207 View (802) 255-8207
The Comprehensive Care Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23454  (Online Only)
Immediate appointment available. Kenita Murray is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and has been working as a healthcare professional for the last 15 years. Kenita is an Army veteran who graduated with her Doctorate and Master's of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University.
Immediate appointment available. Kenita Murray is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and has been working as a healthcare professional for the last 15 years. Kenita is an Army veteran who graduated with her Doctorate and Master's of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University.
(757) 769-0571 View (757) 769-0571
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Natasha Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Natasha Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2022. She has an MSN, APRN, and PMHNP-BC from Walden University. Natasha's treatment style is unique in that she takes the time to get to know the client holistically upon initial interview and devises the least restrictive treatment plan with the patient. Natasha is very down to earth and outgoing and has several professional and personal experiences from which she bases her treatment upon.
Natasha Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2022. She has an MSN, APRN, and PMHNP-BC from Walden University. Natasha's treatment style is unique in that she takes the time to get to know the client holistically upon initial interview and devises the least restrictive treatment plan with the patient. Natasha is very down to earth and outgoing and has several professional and personal experiences from which she bases her treatment upon.
(757) 600-0272 View (757) 600-0272
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Loyette Wong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Loyette Wong is a military veteran and board-certified nurse practitioner. As a nurse practitioner, she has treated patients with a wide range of diagnoses in the fields of sleep medicine, neurology and family medicine. She went on to receive her post-master's certification in psychiatric-mental health in order to better serve the demand of her patients. She specializes in providing compassionate and culturally competent care.
Loyette Wong is a military veteran and board-certified nurse practitioner. As a nurse practitioner, she has treated patients with a wide range of diagnoses in the fields of sleep medicine, neurology and family medicine. She went on to receive her post-master's certification in psychiatric-mental health in order to better serve the demand of her patients. She specializes in providing compassionate and culturally competent care.
(757) 210-3458 View (757) 210-3458
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Courtney Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Life is not always rainbows and butterflies… there may be hardships and obstacles to overcome, no matter what age you are or where you are in life. It was my personal life experiences that I had faced throughout the years that led me to pursue a career in the mental health field.
Life is not always rainbows and butterflies… there may be hardships and obstacles to overcome, no matter what age you are or where you are in life. It was my personal life experiences that I had faced throughout the years that led me to pursue a career in the mental health field.
(757) 505-8016 View (757) 505-8016
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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A New Day Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Waitlist for new clients
Therapy alone is not always enough to improve mental health. Medication alone or medication in conjunction with therapy can help to stabilize many mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, or mood disorders. Amanda sees clients 16 years of age and above and is proud to create an inclusive experience to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and backgrounds.
Therapy alone is not always enough to improve mental health. Medication alone or medication in conjunction with therapy can help to stabilize many mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, or mood disorders. Amanda sees clients 16 years of age and above and is proud to create an inclusive experience to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and backgrounds.
(757) 210-6562 View (757) 210-6562
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joginder Pal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
I am Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. I have served Tidewater area for more than 35 years. You are devastated by severe PSYCHOLOGICAL crisis. You want to regain your controI. I offer URGENT Medication interventions within 24-48 hours. My experience of years from serving people inpt /out pt , all ages with wide range of Mental Health disorders is value and quality of care you need to facilitate rapid healing and restoring, coping and functioning. Offering Late afternoon? Eve and Saturday Appointments if preferred. Telehealth/ Videro sessions can be arranged.
I am Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. I have served Tidewater area for more than 35 years. You are devastated by severe PSYCHOLOGICAL crisis. You want to regain your controI. I offer URGENT Medication interventions within 24-48 hours. My experience of years from serving people inpt /out pt , all ages with wide range of Mental Health disorders is value and quality of care you need to facilitate rapid healing and restoring, coping and functioning. Offering Late afternoon? Eve and Saturday Appointments if preferred. Telehealth/ Videro sessions can be arranged.
(757) 384-9543 View (757) 384-9543
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23451  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(757) 895-7788 View (757) 895-7788
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Arun Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Arun Paul has completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency from Jamaica Hospital and Child and Adolescent Fellowship from Elmhurst Hospital in New York. Dr. Paul has extensive experience in treating wide variety of mental health conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis, Trauma related disorders and many others. He believes in collaborative approach and individualized treatment planning to improve one's overall quality of life and functioning.
Dr. Arun Paul has completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency from Jamaica Hospital and Child and Adolescent Fellowship from Elmhurst Hospital in New York. Dr. Paul has extensive experience in treating wide variety of mental health conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis, Trauma related disorders and many others. He believes in collaborative approach and individualized treatment planning to improve one's overall quality of life and functioning.
(757) 835-3778 View (757) 835-3778
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Mariam Bouanane-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Now accepting NEW Clients. Hello, my name is Mariam Bouanane-Smith, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing personalized and empathetic mental healthcare to individuals from diverse backgrounds. I have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life in various settings, helping individuals of all ages overcome mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe every person deserves compassionate and effective mental healthcare.
Now accepting NEW Clients. Hello, my name is Mariam Bouanane-Smith, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing personalized and empathetic mental healthcare to individuals from diverse backgrounds. I have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life in various settings, helping individuals of all ages overcome mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe every person deserves compassionate and effective mental healthcare.
(757) 704-4747 View (757) 704-4747
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Anne Marie Seda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Not accepting new clients
Certain life experiences can lead to unhealthy levels of stress, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Left unchecked these symptoms can lead to physical illness, psychological issues, and destructive behaviors. Medications can be prescribed to treat a variety of mental health issues when those issues cause significant impairment to your ability to function at work or at home. Research has demonstrated that the combination of therapy and the judicious use of medication yields the best long term treatment outcomes. I believe in treating each person individually, in a collaborative manner.
Certain life experiences can lead to unhealthy levels of stress, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Left unchecked these symptoms can lead to physical illness, psychological issues, and destructive behaviors. Medications can be prescribed to treat a variety of mental health issues when those issues cause significant impairment to your ability to function at work or at home. Research has demonstrated that the combination of therapy and the judicious use of medication yields the best long term treatment outcomes. I believe in treating each person individually, in a collaborative manner.
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Natalia Cameron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Natalia Cameron is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2017. Natalia believes mental wellness should be addressed in a holistic and supportive manner. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and is proud to provide culturally competent care to all. Natalia's idea of self-care consists of hanging out with her dogs and drinking coffee at a bookstore.
Natalia Cameron is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2017. Natalia believes mental wellness should be addressed in a holistic and supportive manner. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and is proud to provide culturally competent care to all. Natalia's idea of self-care consists of hanging out with her dogs and drinking coffee at a bookstore.
(757) 992-8817 View (757) 992-8817
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Sam Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Like many of my colleagues, I try first to understand each person. Then I attempt to empower each person. I am careful not to hinder you with a label or medication side effects. I want to promote your strengths and minimize your weaknesses so you can realize your potential. I can help you make changes in your thinking, your actions, and overall health. I am available for people who are willing to work on themselves, both mentally and physically.
Like many of my colleagues, I try first to understand each person. Then I attempt to empower each person. I am careful not to hinder you with a label or medication side effects. I want to promote your strengths and minimize your weaknesses so you can realize your potential. I can help you make changes in your thinking, your actions, and overall health. I am available for people who are willing to work on themselves, both mentally and physically.
(757) 979-6301 View (757) 979-6301
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Frinette Checo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Checo is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry residency training at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, MA and a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Dr. Checo completed a fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
Dr. Checo is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry residency training at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, MA and a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Dr. Checo completed a fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
(757) 586-4776 View (757) 586-4776
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Yongbing L Pu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I provide psychiatry outpatient service in South Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk and Chesapeake. If you are struggling with depression, stress, bipolar disorder or difficulty focusing but talk therapy alone not solving your problems, I can help you with medications. I provide psychiatry medication management for self-pay patient with a reasonable rate because I choose not to take insurance, thus reducing administrative cost.
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I provide psychiatry outpatient service in South Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk and Chesapeake. If you are struggling with depression, stress, bipolar disorder or difficulty focusing but talk therapy alone not solving your problems, I can help you with medications. I provide psychiatry medication management for self-pay patient with a reasonable rate because I choose not to take insurance, thus reducing administrative cost.
(757) 301-4702 View (757) 301-4702
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Javier Way
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, DNP-S
Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23452  (Online Only)
Javier is a highly qualified psychiatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience in managing mood disorders, particularly bipolar disorder. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University in 2019 and began working as a Charge Nurse at an inpatient substance abuse and mental health unit. Recognizing the need for more advanced knowledge and training, he went on to earn his Master of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University and a Post-Master's certificate to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Shenandoah University.
Javier is a highly qualified psychiatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience in managing mood disorders, particularly bipolar disorder. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University in 2019 and began working as a Charge Nurse at an inpatient substance abuse and mental health unit. Recognizing the need for more advanced knowledge and training, he went on to earn his Master of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University and a Post-Master's certificate to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Shenandoah University.
(757) 781-0120 View (757) 781-0120

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Number of Psychiatrists in Virginia Beach City County, VA

100+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Virginia Beach City County, VA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
82% Medication Management
81% Bipolar Disorder
76% Trauma and PTSD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Virginia Beach City County, VA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Virginia Beach 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.