Psychiatrists in Warrenton, VA

Photo of Peggy Doyle, Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warrenton, VA
Peggy Doyle, Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH, CNS, BC
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
During the 50+ years I have been serving the community as a nurse and mental health therapist I have learned that you who come to me for help have your own answers locked inside. My work is to share my skills and experience to help you unravel your confusion and ease your emotional pain. Couples with relationship issues learn to listen. Individuals learn to deal with loss and grief. Anxiety dissipates with insight and learned skills. Children and Adolescents improve self esteem and confidence. Changing the way you look at your world will change the way you feel and act.
During the 50+ years I have been serving the community as a nurse and mental health therapist I have learned that you who come to me for help have your own answers locked inside. My work is to share my skills and experience to help you unravel your confusion and ease your emotional pain. Couples with relationship issues learn to listen. Individuals learn to deal with loss and grief. Anxiety dissipates with insight and learned skills. Children and Adolescents improve self esteem and confidence. Changing the way you look at your world will change the way you feel and act.
(540) 736-8887 View (540) 736-8887
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Mind and Body Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
We are a group of therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners that offer outpatient psychiatric care for all ages. Our comprehensive services include: telehealth and in office psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, prescription management, genetic testing, and psychotherapy. We also provide consultations and evaluations for outside agencies such as the courts and schools.
We are a group of therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners that offer outpatient psychiatric care for all ages. Our comprehensive services include: telehealth and in office psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, prescription management, genetic testing, and psychotherapy. We also provide consultations and evaluations for outside agencies such as the courts and schools.
(540) 712-8949 View (540) 712-8949
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(240) 633-6054 View (240) 633-6054
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Urgent Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MS, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
My mission is to promote mental wellness and help individuals achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives. I believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality behavioral healthcare, and I am committed to making that a reality through evidence-based practices and compassionate support.
My mission is to promote mental wellness and help individuals achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives. I believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality behavioral healthcare, and I am committed to making that a reality through evidence-based practices and compassionate support.
(571) 946-5710 View (571) 946-5710
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Kayla Potter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Warrenton, VA 20186
Not accepting new clients
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.
(804) 315-2996 View (804) 315-2996
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Essence Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Warrenton, VA 20186
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
(571) 200-5234 View (571) 200-5234
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Dr. Sheetal Joshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Warrenton, VA 20186
Are your mental health struggles disrupting your life, not letting you enjoy life’s pleasures? Does every day feel like a chore? Do you feel like you are on autopilot? Don’t let your struggles become your identity. Let us help you find your optimal potential so YOU can find the balance and the happiness that you deserve!
Are your mental health struggles disrupting your life, not letting you enjoy life’s pleasures? Does every day feel like a chore? Do you feel like you are on autopilot? Don’t let your struggles become your identity. Let us help you find your optimal potential so YOU can find the balance and the happiness that you deserve!
(571) 267-3188 View (571) 267-3188

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Brittany Peebles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broad Run, VA 20137
Brittany Peebles is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brittany has more than 10 years experience working in the health care field. Brittany specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder. Brittany has a holistic approach when treating her patients. Brittany feels one of the most important things is viewing the individual as a whole person, not just looking at the diagnosis given to the person. She enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog Tarzan.
Brittany Peebles is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brittany has more than 10 years experience working in the health care field. Brittany specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder. Brittany has a holistic approach when treating her patients. Brittany feels one of the most important things is viewing the individual as a whole person, not just looking at the diagnosis given to the person. She enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog Tarzan.
(571) 279-8488 View (571) 279-8488
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Relief Healing Mental Health Services LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C, MSHI
Verified Verified
Gainesville, VA 20155  (Online Only)
Dr. Dean Gawum is a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. He is experience in multiple area in health care for about 2 decades of experience. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University, Master os Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. He obtained a Post-Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner from Maryville University. Dr. Gawum is Licensed in Virginia, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, Nevada and Washington State. He is currently accepting patients in Virginia, New Mexico, Utah, and Kansas
Dr. Dean Gawum is a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. He is experience in multiple area in health care for about 2 decades of experience. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University, Master os Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. He obtained a Post-Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner from Maryville University. Dr. Gawum is Licensed in Virginia, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, Nevada and Washington State. He is currently accepting patients in Virginia, New Mexico, Utah, and Kansas
(571) 253-7984 View (571) 253-7984
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David Phelps, APRN. Conquest Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGACNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Haymarket, VA 20169
Accepting New Patients- www.conquesthealth.org -You are a unique and complex person, which is why you deserve personalized care. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance abuse or another psychiatric illness I'm here to help you. Whether you feel that you could benefit from medications for a few months, or you have a more chronic and complex condition, let's explore your options together. I'll provide you with the teaching and expertise you need to make your own informed decisions. Together, we'll set tangible goals and focus on how we can improve your overall functioning, wherever you are in life.
Accepting New Patients- www.conquesthealth.org -You are a unique and complex person, which is why you deserve personalized care. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance abuse or another psychiatric illness I'm here to help you. Whether you feel that you could benefit from medications for a few months, or you have a more chronic and complex condition, let's explore your options together. I'll provide you with the teaching and expertise you need to make your own informed decisions. Together, we'll set tangible goals and focus on how we can improve your overall functioning, wherever you are in life.
(571) 470-6370 View (571) 470-6370

Online Psychiatrists

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Ramia Gupta, MD PC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
An increasing number of people suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Having a mental health disorder can be frightening and overwhelming especially when one doesn’t know where to go to for help. My practice offers that place where I attempt to answer your questions and allay your fears. My work with my patients emphasizes compassion, empathy and support. During the initial assessment, I conduct a detailed Diagnostic evaluation in order to devise an Individualized and Comprehensive Treatment plan unique to the needs of each patient. I am Board Certified in both General and Forensic Psychiatry.
An increasing number of people suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Having a mental health disorder can be frightening and overwhelming especially when one doesn’t know where to go to for help. My practice offers that place where I attempt to answer your questions and allay your fears. My work with my patients emphasizes compassion, empathy and support. During the initial assessment, I conduct a detailed Diagnostic evaluation in order to devise an Individualized and Comprehensive Treatment plan unique to the needs of each patient. I am Board Certified in both General and Forensic Psychiatry.
(571) 536-7421 View (571) 536-7421
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Debra S Trasati
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22203
I embrace an integrated, strength-based approach to promoting wellness. I work with adolescents, young adults, and families affected by a variety of behavioral health symptoms. I have worked extensively with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. My experience extends to college age and young adults who struggle with attention, depression, and generalized and social anxiety symptoms. I have a particular practice interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially those referred to as "High Functioning Autism" or "Asperger's."
I embrace an integrated, strength-based approach to promoting wellness. I work with adolescents, young adults, and families affected by a variety of behavioral health symptoms. I have worked extensively with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. My experience extends to college age and young adults who struggle with attention, depression, and generalized and social anxiety symptoms. I have a particular practice interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially those referred to as "High Functioning Autism" or "Asperger's."
(703) 489-6700 View (703) 489-6700
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Adhd Aid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902  (Online Only)
Finally, Covid is almost over. I am Accepting New Patients. No more waiting for months. Suppose you are a student or professional and struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression. Make an appointment, get tested, and enjoy life. Today, you are one step closer to a new you. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing accepted at schools and workplaces for ADA accommodations like extra time on tests. Anxiety and Sleep issues can feel like ADHD. Untreated Depression & Mood Ups and Downs all share the symptoms of ADHD, so let's investigate together.
Finally, Covid is almost over. I am Accepting New Patients. No more waiting for months. Suppose you are a student or professional and struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression. Make an appointment, get tested, and enjoy life. Today, you are one step closer to a new you. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing accepted at schools and workplaces for ADA accommodations like extra time on tests. Anxiety and Sleep issues can feel like ADHD. Untreated Depression & Mood Ups and Downs all share the symptoms of ADHD, so let's investigate together.
(540) 210-1083 View (540) 210-1083
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Sahar Zaidi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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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Solomon Okwueze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23237  (Online Only)
Solomon Okwueze is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia with over 16 years of experience in the healthcare field. He has had the opportunity to work in a different healthcare setting. He has worked in a teaching Hospital, as well as NGOs such as Doctors without Border. He has provided mental health services both here in the USA and in Canada.
Solomon Okwueze is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia with over 16 years of experience in the healthcare field. He has had the opportunity to work in a different healthcare setting. He has worked in a teaching Hospital, as well as NGOs such as Doctors without Border. He has provided mental health services both here in the USA and in Canada.
(804) 825-2038 View (804) 825-2038
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Xiaofang Ingram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225  (Online Only)
Do you often feel anxiety or depression? Do you have difficulty sleeping well when you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel you are not able to concentrate? Do you want to manage your mental health by eating more healthily? Do you want to quit an unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking? Besides medications, I love to use talk therapies and nutrition to manage your signs and symptoms.
Do you often feel anxiety or depression? Do you have difficulty sleeping well when you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel you are not able to concentrate? Do you want to manage your mental health by eating more healthily? Do you want to quit an unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking? Besides medications, I love to use talk therapies and nutrition to manage your signs and symptoms.
(540) 660-7712 View (540) 660-7712
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Margaret Oliver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, VA 22151  (Online Only)
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities. Maggie specializes in geriatric psychiatry, anxiety disorders (including post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder), mood disorders (including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder) ADHD.
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities. Maggie specializes in geriatric psychiatry, anxiety disorders (including post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder), mood disorders (including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder) ADHD.
(703) 995-1586 View (703) 995-1586
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Shenise Seabrook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Manassas, VA 20112  (Online Only)
Do you take time for your mental health care needs? You should never feel alone when it comes to getting mental health treatment. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that specializes in providing individualistic and holistic mental health care with compassion. I diagnose and treat patients with anxiety, depression, sleep, and mood disorders while treating everyone with dignity and respect.
Do you take time for your mental health care needs? You should never feel alone when it comes to getting mental health treatment. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that specializes in providing individualistic and holistic mental health care with compassion. I diagnose and treat patients with anxiety, depression, sleep, and mood disorders while treating everyone with dignity and respect.
(571) 517-2721 View (571) 517-2721
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Adaku Anike
Psychiatric Nurse
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22310  (Online Only)
Adaku Anike is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Adaku cares for her clients by actively listening to their needs, offering empathy, and creating an individualized care plan tailored to their needs because every client's need is different.
Adaku Anike is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Adaku cares for her clients by actively listening to their needs, offering empathy, and creating an individualized care plan tailored to their needs because every client's need is different.
(571) 253-7623 View (571) 253-7623
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Natalie Desseyn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22304  (Online Only)
Your mental health is nothing to be ashamed of and far too often we feel that stigma and do not seek help. Whether you are in a crisis or just feel that life is getting tough, I am here to help you work through what you are experiencing and to help you feel more like yourself. I am very passionate about healing and helping my clients to find a sustainable support system. I enjoy working with children (8+), adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, post-partum depression and anxiety, and much more.
Your mental health is nothing to be ashamed of and far too often we feel that stigma and do not seek help. Whether you are in a crisis or just feel that life is getting tough, I am here to help you work through what you are experiencing and to help you feel more like yourself. I am very passionate about healing and helping my clients to find a sustainable support system. I enjoy working with children (8+), adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, post-partum depression and anxiety, and much more.
(571) 496-9434 View (571) 496-9434

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Warrenton, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Warrenton, VA who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Behavioral Issues
71% ADHD
71% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Warrenton, VA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Warrenton?

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.