Psychiatrists in Charlotte, VT

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Carolyn Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, VT 05445  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com. I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com. I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
(856) 666-8496 View (856) 666-8496
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Darcy Faibish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, VT 05445  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
(802) 392-0825 View (802) 392-0825
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Jeffrey M Brown
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Charlotte, VT 05445
I offer in-person consultations, individual psychotherapy, and couples therapy. I take pride in bringing compassion, patience, and transparency to every encounter. I believe each individual is unique and complex, and should play an active role in making decisions related to their health and well-being. I commonly work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depressive symptoms, trauma, grief, relationships, life transitions, existential angst, sleep or sex dysfunction, and/or those who simply seek to know themselves and improve their health on a more holistic level.
I offer in-person consultations, individual psychotherapy, and couples therapy. I take pride in bringing compassion, patience, and transparency to every encounter. I believe each individual is unique and complex, and should play an active role in making decisions related to their health and well-being. I commonly work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depressive symptoms, trauma, grief, relationships, life transitions, existential angst, sleep or sex dysfunction, and/or those who simply seek to know themselves and improve their health on a more holistic level.
(802) 255-9157 View (802) 255-9157

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At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Shelburne, VT 05482
To see available appointments and SELF-SCHEDULE online go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com ONLINE TELEPSYCHIATRY with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This practice is a telepsychiatry practice focusing on caring for you from your home, or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar I & II, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, agoraphobia, and various conditions.
To see available appointments and SELF-SCHEDULE online go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com ONLINE TELEPSYCHIATRY with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This practice is a telepsychiatry practice focusing on caring for you from your home, or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar I & II, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, agoraphobia, and various conditions.
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Dr. Archil Chechelashvili
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South Burlington, VT 05403
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist providing assessment and medical management for children and adolescents up to age 17 (18 if still in high school). Conditions I treat include ADHD, anxiety, OCD and depression. Although I do not provide very much psychotherapy myself, I can assess and recommend psychotherapy in appropriate cases. I also participate in providing assessment and treatment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist providing assessment and medical management for children and adolescents up to age 17 (18 if still in high school). Conditions I treat include ADHD, anxiety, OCD and depression. Although I do not provide very much psychotherapy myself, I can assess and recommend psychotherapy in appropriate cases. I also participate in providing assessment and treatment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
(802) 392-2660 View (802) 392-2660
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Jess Jawidzik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williston, VT 05495  (Online Only)
I offer psychiatric medication management and therapy via telehealth for adults (age 20+) in Vermont. I a special interest in working with clients with PTSD, anxiety, OCD, compulsive behaviors, and depression. Separately, if you are interested in tapering off psychiatric medications, I would be happy to help.
I offer psychiatric medication management and therapy via telehealth for adults (age 20+) in Vermont. I a special interest in working with clients with PTSD, anxiety, OCD, compulsive behaviors, and depression. Separately, if you are interested in tapering off psychiatric medications, I would be happy to help.
(802) 659-3163 View (802) 659-3163
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Suzan White
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelburne, VT 05482
My clients are adults motivated to be free of emotional pain and to overcome blockages from past trauma. They are ready to achieve greater ease, resilience and balance through a professional partnership that will help them to discover the root cause of their pain and provide the tools to shift it. They are open to an approach that calls upon the best of Western medicine, functional medicine, holistic practices and ancient wisdom. They are looking for someone smart, down-to-earth and experienced to help them achieve their treatment goals. They understand true healing must consider the needs of mind, body, and heart /soul/spirit.
My clients are adults motivated to be free of emotional pain and to overcome blockages from past trauma. They are ready to achieve greater ease, resilience and balance through a professional partnership that will help them to discover the root cause of their pain and provide the tools to shift it. They are open to an approach that calls upon the best of Western medicine, functional medicine, holistic practices and ancient wisdom. They are looking for someone smart, down-to-earth and experienced to help them achieve their treatment goals. They understand true healing must consider the needs of mind, body, and heart /soul/spirit.
(802) 494-4869 View (802) 494-4869
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Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Burlington, VT 05403
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
(802) 213-9139 View (802) 213-9139
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Towerlight Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelburne, VT 05482  (Online Only)
My name is Oshetisi Stanney and I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I see patients via telehealth in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida. Please visit my practice website and schedule your first appointment - www.towerlightcapecod.com. The care that I provide integrates talk therapy, psychiatric assessment and medication education and management. This means that as we talk, we will utilize psychotherapy techniques to chat about your past, your current mental health state, and uncover and help you reach your mental health goals!
My name is Oshetisi Stanney and I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I see patients via telehealth in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida. Please visit my practice website and schedule your first appointment - www.towerlightcapecod.com. The care that I provide integrates talk therapy, psychiatric assessment and medication education and management. This means that as we talk, we will utilize psychotherapy techniques to chat about your past, your current mental health state, and uncover and help you reach your mental health goals!
(802) 520-0693 View (802) 520-0693
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Julie Rogers Yankowsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APHN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
(315) 678-4429 View (315) 678-4429
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Survival Telepsychiatry Services- STPS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Shelburne, VT 05482  (Online Only)
I am Cynthia Frimpong, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am Licensed in Vermont and New Hampshire. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and brief therapy for children, adolescents & adults, and a Board Certified Telemental Health provider (BC-TMH) with years of experience working in inpatient psychiatry, Jail, and school settings.
I am Cynthia Frimpong, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am Licensed in Vermont and New Hampshire. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and brief therapy for children, adolescents & adults, and a Board Certified Telemental Health provider (BC-TMH) with years of experience working in inpatient psychiatry, Jail, and school settings.
(802) 200-2492 View (802) 200-2492
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Autumn Stanford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, RN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Burlington, VT 05403
Hi! I am so happy you are here! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take a Functional + Integrative + Holistic + Evidence-Based approach to Mental Wellness. Through my own health journey & professional experience, I’ve witnessed significant gaps in the conventional healthcare model, changing the way I provide mental healthcare. The mind & body are interconnected & I believe in seeing the whole-person, not just the symptoms. It is my passion to educate, empower, and support women & adolescents (ages 10 and up) in their journey to optimal mental wellness.
Hi! I am so happy you are here! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take a Functional + Integrative + Holistic + Evidence-Based approach to Mental Wellness. Through my own health journey & professional experience, I’ve witnessed significant gaps in the conventional healthcare model, changing the way I provide mental healthcare. The mind & body are interconnected & I believe in seeing the whole-person, not just the symptoms. It is my passion to educate, empower, and support women & adolescents (ages 10 and up) in their journey to optimal mental wellness.
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Rebecca A Brooklyn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Williston, VT 05495  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have been a health care provider for 30+ years starting as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Returning for a second degree in Psychiatry in 2013. I practice patient and family centered psychiatry with individuals and families to help people create a life that has dignity, meaning and joy. My practice consists of clients from 5-95 years of age. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier.
I have been a health care provider for 30+ years starting as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Returning for a second degree in Psychiatry in 2013. I practice patient and family centered psychiatry with individuals and families to help people create a life that has dignity, meaning and joy. My practice consists of clients from 5-95 years of age. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier.
(802) 455-9175 View (802) 455-9175
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Johanna Golston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shelburne, VT 05482
Green State Psychiatry offers high quality Psychiatric Evaluation and ongoing treatment. We are currently accepting referrals for patients of all ages, including Perinatal and Post-partum women. We offer in-person appointments at our South Burlington office, as well as Telemedicine appointments. Please see our website www.greenstatepsych.com for details.
Green State Psychiatry offers high quality Psychiatric Evaluation and ongoing treatment. We are currently accepting referrals for patients of all ages, including Perinatal and Post-partum women. We offer in-person appointments at our South Burlington office, as well as Telemedicine appointments. Please see our website www.greenstatepsych.com for details.
(802) 327-7914 View (802) 327-7914
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Joseph Lasek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Shelburne, VT 05482
I offer holistic, person-centered psychiatric care to anyone 18 or older. I work well with those who are motivated for change and willing to explore a variety of methods to help them in their recovery. The foundation of my treatment philosophy is an individualized approach to each patient with a focus on them as a whole person. This involves getting to know each person in all areas of their life & then co-creating a comprehensive approach to not just treating the presenting challenges but also focusing on improving & enhancing overall wellness & resilience.
I offer holistic, person-centered psychiatric care to anyone 18 or older. I work well with those who are motivated for change and willing to explore a variety of methods to help them in their recovery. The foundation of my treatment philosophy is an individualized approach to each patient with a focus on them as a whole person. This involves getting to know each person in all areas of their life & then co-creating a comprehensive approach to not just treating the presenting challenges but also focusing on improving & enhancing overall wellness & resilience.
(802) 694-6501 View (802) 694-6501

Online Psychiatrists

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Green State Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Burlington, VT 05403
Green State Psychiatry offers high quality Psychiatric Evaluation and ongoing treatment. We are currently accepting referrals for patients of all ages, including Perinatal and Post-partum women. We offer in-person appointments at our South Burlington office, as well as Telemedicine appointments. Please see our website www.greenstatepsych.com for details.
Green State Psychiatry offers high quality Psychiatric Evaluation and ongoing treatment. We are currently accepting referrals for patients of all ages, including Perinatal and Post-partum women. We offer in-person appointments at our South Burlington office, as well as Telemedicine appointments. Please see our website www.greenstatepsych.com for details.
(802) 432-2788 View (802) 432-2788
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Juliana Pires
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Burlington, VT 05403  (Online Only)
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
(774) 260-8038 View (774) 260-8038
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Carolyn Simmons Gaeckle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Northfield, VT 05663  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I started my nursing career in community health where I quickly realized the great need for psychiatric care providers. I transitioned into psychiatric care six years ago because I believe that all people should have access to care that will allow them to reach their full potential. I believe in a holistic practice, treating the body, mind, and spirit as a whole.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I started my nursing career in community health where I quickly realized the great need for psychiatric care providers. I transitioned into psychiatric care six years ago because I believe that all people should have access to care that will allow them to reach their full potential. I believe in a holistic practice, treating the body, mind, and spirit as a whole.
(802) 455-4678 View (802) 455-4678
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OptiMind for Women
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Burlington, VT 05403
VERMONT-BASED. I specialize in helping women during pregnancy, postpartum, and perimenopause to achieve optimal mental wellness using integrative psychiatry. As an Ivy-league trained and dual board-certified Nurse-Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I partner with you to heal anxiety, depression, and mood swings from a women's health perspective. I also offer specialized services to adoptive parents or those considering adoption. Please visit my website for a more comprehensive description of my services, practice philosophy, and pricing model and to get in touch with me. I look forward to hearing from you!
VERMONT-BASED. I specialize in helping women during pregnancy, postpartum, and perimenopause to achieve optimal mental wellness using integrative psychiatry. As an Ivy-league trained and dual board-certified Nurse-Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I partner with you to heal anxiety, depression, and mood swings from a women's health perspective. I also offer specialized services to adoptive parents or those considering adoption. Please visit my website for a more comprehensive description of my services, practice philosophy, and pricing model and to get in touch with me. I look forward to hearing from you!
(802) 328-5105 View (802) 328-5105
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Julie Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Stowe, VT 05672  (Online Only)
Hi! This is Julie, I'm looking forward to meeting you! Did you know there are many ways to feel better along with medications? Don't get discouraged if medicine alone is not enough! We can dive into lots of alternatives that may also help. This is the essence of holistic healing- treating the whole person and utilizing medicine with alternatives for best results. I understand there are different ways to improve mental health and am happy to share them with you!
Hi! This is Julie, I'm looking forward to meeting you! Did you know there are many ways to feel better along with medications? Don't get discouraged if medicine alone is not enough! We can dive into lots of alternatives that may also help. This is the essence of holistic healing- treating the whole person and utilizing medicine with alternatives for best results. I understand there are different ways to improve mental health and am happy to share them with you!
(351) 444-3832 View (351) 444-3832

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Charlotte, VT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Charlotte, VT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
100% Stress
100% Life Transitions
67% Child
67% Life Coaching

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

How Psychiatrists in Charlotte, VT see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Charlotte?

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.