Psychiatrists in 20878

Photo of Madeleine Hao, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20878, MD
Madeleine Hao
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), I have a unique perspective on providing the highest quality care for my patients. I provide full-spectrum psychiatric services to children and adults. Areas of interest include reproductive psychiatry and women's health related issues, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. My philosophy of care is grounded in compassion, evidence-based practice, and a holistic approach to mental health and well-being. I believe that every person deserves personalized and comprehensive care that addresses their unique physical, emotional, and mental health needs.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), I have a unique perspective on providing the highest quality care for my patients. I provide full-spectrum psychiatric services to children and adults. Areas of interest include reproductive psychiatry and women's health related issues, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. My philosophy of care is grounded in compassion, evidence-based practice, and a holistic approach to mental health and well-being. I believe that every person deserves personalized and comprehensive care that addresses their unique physical, emotional, and mental health needs.
(301) 900-3587 View (301) 900-3587
Photo of Dr. Junyong Jia, Psychiatrist in 20878, MD
Dr. Junyong Jia
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
GreenPsych Wellness accepts patients 12 year and older with mental health challenges including but not limited to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, personality disorder, ADHD, autism, anger and behavioral issues etc. Clients will be treated in a holistic way based on the fundamental scientific understanding of body-mind connection. GreenPsych Wellness will provide a safe, respective, professional and supportive environment for patients to receive comprehensive mental health services including full psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy, couple and family therapy etc.
GreenPsych Wellness accepts patients 12 year and older with mental health challenges including but not limited to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, personality disorder, ADHD, autism, anger and behavioral issues etc. Clients will be treated in a holistic way based on the fundamental scientific understanding of body-mind connection. GreenPsych Wellness will provide a safe, respective, professional and supportive environment for patients to receive comprehensive mental health services including full psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy, couple and family therapy etc.
(240) 330-0054 View (240) 330-0054
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Modyfi Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Modyfi stands for mind, body, and fitness, a holistic and integrative approach supporting each person’s optimal health and wellness. These services are not just for when you’re sick - we’re here to prevent illness and help you reach a higher level of health. You are the most important member of your treatment team, and we’ll always take the time to listen, respect your opinion, and present options. After all, we will be your guide, but the journey is yours.
Modyfi stands for mind, body, and fitness, a holistic and integrative approach supporting each person’s optimal health and wellness. These services are not just for when you’re sick - we’re here to prevent illness and help you reach a higher level of health. You are the most important member of your treatment team, and we’ll always take the time to listen, respect your opinion, and present options. After all, we will be your guide, but the journey is yours.
(301) 485-5377 View (301) 485-5377
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Mai Center for Wellness and Energy Therapies
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APRN, BC-P
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Our veterans and their family members are a priority to me. I also welcome clients and their pets who have been dealing with chronic medical illness and pain. I have seen clients for many years who are managing addiction and related couple/family issues. I spent decades in hospital settings seeing clients with all sorts of grieving concerns. From health, lifestyle, legal, and stress management to end-of-life challenges, I am delighted to assist clients to approach situations in a hopeful, pragmatic, and strategic manner with the goal of achieving greater mind, body, and spirit health and wellness.
Our veterans and their family members are a priority to me. I also welcome clients and their pets who have been dealing with chronic medical illness and pain. I have seen clients for many years who are managing addiction and related couple/family issues. I spent decades in hospital settings seeing clients with all sorts of grieving concerns. From health, lifestyle, legal, and stress management to end-of-life challenges, I am delighted to assist clients to approach situations in a hopeful, pragmatic, and strategic manner with the goal of achieving greater mind, body, and spirit health and wellness.
(301) 804-6490 View (301) 804-6490
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Ciara M Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Not accepting new clients
The choice to seek mental health services can be challenging. I recognize that everyone may experience normal and unexpected highs and lows of life. No matter what stage you are at, I am committed to meeting you on the pathway to wellness. Listening to understand is a primary principle that I follow to give you the most individualized and collaborative experience. Additional time is given to ensure your needs and goals are thoroughly communicated before making clinically appropriate treatment recommendations. I specialize in taking a holistic approach with medication management.
The choice to seek mental health services can be challenging. I recognize that everyone may experience normal and unexpected highs and lows of life. No matter what stage you are at, I am committed to meeting you on the pathway to wellness. Listening to understand is a primary principle that I follow to give you the most individualized and collaborative experience. Additional time is given to ensure your needs and goals are thoroughly communicated before making clinically appropriate treatment recommendations. I specialize in taking a holistic approach with medication management.
(301) 780-4655 View (301) 780-4655
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Patrick Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DipACLM
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
I am an experienced board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and lifestyle medicine practitioner. My approach is top down, looking at every facet of your life, genetics, nutrition, and environment to understand what informs your symptoms. With all the stressors of life, self care and self compassion take a back seat to worry. Eating healthy, getting sunlight, and calming your nervous system can put you back in the driver's seat. Please have compassion for yourself and remember that reaching out for help is a sign of strength.
I am an experienced board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and lifestyle medicine practitioner. My approach is top down, looking at every facet of your life, genetics, nutrition, and environment to understand what informs your symptoms. With all the stressors of life, self care and self compassion take a back seat to worry. Eating healthy, getting sunlight, and calming your nervous system can put you back in the driver's seat. Please have compassion for yourself and remember that reaching out for help is a sign of strength.
(240) 453-4323 View (240) 453-4323
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Brent L Donmoyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, ACNS
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
As a doctorial prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS), I specialize in evidence-based psychiatric medication management for older adolescents, college students, and adults. In my practice, I prioritize patient-centered care, collaborating with therapists and medical providers to address mental health concerns. I offer flexible appointments, including in-person and virtual sessions, catering to either a busy student or professional. While providing thorough assessments and recommendations, I have been commended for my compassionate and approachable “bedside” manners.
As a doctorial prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS), I specialize in evidence-based psychiatric medication management for older adolescents, college students, and adults. In my practice, I prioritize patient-centered care, collaborating with therapists and medical providers to address mental health concerns. I offer flexible appointments, including in-person and virtual sessions, catering to either a busy student or professional. While providing thorough assessments and recommendations, I have been commended for my compassionate and approachable “bedside” manners.
(240) 571-2753 x805 View (240) 571-2753 x805
Photo of Jessica Janey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20878, MD
Jessica Janey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
(301) 900-6547 View (301) 900-6547
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Adaku Anike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with great interpersonal skills and experience in emergency room psych consult, inpatient, and outpatient health care settings.
Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with great interpersonal skills and experience in emergency room psych consult, inpatient, and outpatient health care settings.
(301) 450-6907 View (301) 450-6907
Photo of Kristene Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20878, MD
Kristene Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I diagnose, prescribe, treat, and manage patients with mental health illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD. I have over 15 years of nursing experience that includes medical-surgical, telemetry and psychiatry. I believe that one of my advantages as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is my extensive history and background within those various settings. I view each patient as an individual and take an integrative approach to treatment.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I diagnose, prescribe, treat, and manage patients with mental health illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD. I have over 15 years of nursing experience that includes medical-surgical, telemetry and psychiatry. I believe that one of my advantages as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is my extensive history and background within those various settings. I view each patient as an individual and take an integrative approach to treatment.
(240) 384-3086 View (240) 384-3086
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and children. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity. I offer talk therapy in addition to medication treatment.
I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and children. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity. I offer talk therapy in addition to medication treatment.
(301) 691-2409 View (301) 691-2409
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Authentic Mental Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
At Authentic Mental Wellness, your mental health is our priority. Care is the cornerstone of our practice. You will be evaluated by professionals. Visit our website at www.authenticmentalwellness.com
At Authentic Mental Wellness, your mental health is our priority. Care is the cornerstone of our practice. You will be evaluated by professionals. Visit our website at www.authenticmentalwellness.com
(301) 327-2213 View (301) 327-2213
Photo of Sarah Keenan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20878, MD
Sarah Keenan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
(301) 786-3204 View (301) 786-3204
Photo of Fynda Fillie-Faboe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20878, MD
Fynda Fillie-Faboe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP-PM
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Fynda Fillie-Favoe is a Board Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner-Psychiatric Mental Health (CRNP-PMH) with over twenty years of experience in working inpatient and outpatient settings. Her experience includes contract work in psychiatry and medical-surgical nursing in several states. In her home state of Maryland, Fynda was also a Delegating Nurse Case Manager working in the community with individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Fynda Fillie-Favoe is a Board Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner-Psychiatric Mental Health (CRNP-PMH) with over twenty years of experience in working inpatient and outpatient settings. Her experience includes contract work in psychiatry and medical-surgical nursing in several states. In her home state of Maryland, Fynda was also a Delegating Nurse Case Manager working in the community with individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.
(301) 781-5325 View (301) 781-5325
Photo of Mary W Tarawalie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20878, MD
Mary W Tarawalie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Hello, I'm Mary. Are you down, unable to focus or feel like your head is scattered with thoughts? Are you unable to get things done or get along with family and friends?
Hello, I'm Mary. Are you down, unable to focus or feel like your head is scattered with thoughts? Are you unable to get things done or get along with family and friends?
(301) 691-4621 View (301) 691-4621
Photo of Dr. Francine Kamhoua, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20878, MD
Dr. Francine Kamhoua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Dr. Francine's purpose is to offer and provide personalized mental health care to all clients including medication initiation/management and therapy services. Remember that your mental health is a priority and matters today and always. Whether you are suffering from anxiety, depression, ADHD, psychosis, or mood disorders, do not hesitate to ask for professional help so that you can live your life to the fullest of your abilities.
Dr. Francine's purpose is to offer and provide personalized mental health care to all clients including medication initiation/management and therapy services. Remember that your mental health is a priority and matters today and always. Whether you are suffering from anxiety, depression, ADHD, psychosis, or mood disorders, do not hesitate to ask for professional help so that you can live your life to the fullest of your abilities.
(240) 433-5482 View (240) 433-5482
Photo of Tara Walker, Psychiatrist in 20878, MD
Tara Walker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
Dr. Walker provides compassionate, individualized, team-based Psychiatric care that addresses your unique needs as a patient. Treatments offered include medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Walker coordinates closely with other members of your treatment team to provide the best care possible. Dr. Walker spends​ the time necessary to get to know you as an individual and to thoroughly address your concerns. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia.
Dr. Walker provides compassionate, individualized, team-based Psychiatric care that addresses your unique needs as a patient. Treatments offered include medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Walker coordinates closely with other members of your treatment team to provide the best care possible. Dr. Walker spends​ the time necessary to get to know you as an individual and to thoroughly address your concerns. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia.
(301) 804-6111 View (301) 804-6111
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Agerie Ejigu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
I meet patients where they are and provide individualized services to meet the individual's unique needs while working through any stigma or barriers to optimal wellbeing. I provide telehealth services exclusively and see individuals in DC, MD & Virginia for individuals 13 & up.
I meet patients where they are and provide individualized services to meet the individual's unique needs while working through any stigma or barriers to optimal wellbeing. I provide telehealth services exclusively and see individuals in DC, MD & Virginia for individuals 13 & up.
(202) 952-4808 View (202) 952-4808
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Photo of Rachael McCarthy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20878, MD
Rachael McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
There is more to treating mental health conditions than simply prescribing medications. I believe in taking a personal approach to patient care and collaborating with my patients to create a treatment plan that aligns with your beliefs and values. I consider the patient as a whole. Your treatment goals are my goals. I maintain a flexible schedule which includes evening and weekend appointments because life doesn't just occur 9am-5pm.
There is more to treating mental health conditions than simply prescribing medications. I believe in taking a personal approach to patient care and collaborating with my patients to create a treatment plan that aligns with your beliefs and values. I consider the patient as a whole. Your treatment goals are my goals. I maintain a flexible schedule which includes evening and weekend appointments because life doesn't just occur 9am-5pm.
(540) 533-2951 View (540) 533-2951

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20878

30+

Average cost per session

$142

Psychiatrists in 20878 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
94% Depression
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Trauma and PTSD
76% Bipolar Disorder
74% Medication Management
71% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
82% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 20878 see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20878?

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.