Psychiatrists in 21117

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Holismind Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Holismind Behavioral Health provides Psychiatric Medication management, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)( suboxone, Sublocade, Vivitrol) to the residents of Baltimore County and its surroundings who suffers from mental and addiction illness. We are a team of Dual-Board Certified Practitioners in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP-C) with over 15 years of experience in caring for patients across the entire lifespan with co-occurring disorders. We offer services from children age 6 and older in supportive environment.
Holismind Behavioral Health provides Psychiatric Medication management, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)( suboxone, Sublocade, Vivitrol) to the residents of Baltimore County and its surroundings who suffers from mental and addiction illness. We are a team of Dual-Board Certified Practitioners in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP-C) with over 15 years of experience in caring for patients across the entire lifespan with co-occurring disorders. We offer services from children age 6 and older in supportive environment.
(410) 883-9979 View (410) 883-9979
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Stay Well Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
WELCOME TO STAY WELL HEALTH LLC Your Ultimate Behavioral Health Services Provider With 25 years of NP Psych experience, Stay Well Health LLC has the expertise to diagnose and treat your behavior health illness. We are a place of healing that fosters hope and resilience through individual treatment modules for best outcomes. Nora Stewart, Nurse Practitioner is educated quarterly to ensure that our patients receive the most up to date clinically excellent treatments available.
WELCOME TO STAY WELL HEALTH LLC Your Ultimate Behavioral Health Services Provider With 25 years of NP Psych experience, Stay Well Health LLC has the expertise to diagnose and treat your behavior health illness. We are a place of healing that fosters hope and resilience through individual treatment modules for best outcomes. Nora Stewart, Nurse Practitioner is educated quarterly to ensure that our patients receive the most up to date clinically excellent treatments available.
(410) 559-9499 View (410) 559-9499
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ARE Mental Health and Consult Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Adriane English is a Maryland-licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience serving diverse populations including adults, individuals with developmental disabilities, and the elderly and disabled. Adriane has provided care to address mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, as well as chronic medical conditions and social determinants of health.
Adriane English is a Maryland-licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience serving diverse populations including adults, individuals with developmental disabilities, and the elderly and disabled. Adriane has provided care to address mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, as well as chronic medical conditions and social determinants of health.
(410) 431-2012 View (410) 431-2012
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Aaron Padron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
(206) 620-1222 View (206) 620-1222
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Comprehensive Healthcare Services.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Taking a step today for a better tomorrow . Struggling to get emotional balance due to multi factorial psycho-social and psychiatric issues?, having difficulties living a high quality life as a result of depression, anxiety, phobias, paranoia, PTSD, ADHD, and a host of other mental health disorders?. then come, let’s address and develop a customized evidence based individualized care using a range of therapy programs that are family centered. We aim to discover, identify, and address the root causes of our clients’ life challenges, helping them set realistic and achievable goals to improve their quality of life holistically.
Taking a step today for a better tomorrow . Struggling to get emotional balance due to multi factorial psycho-social and psychiatric issues?, having difficulties living a high quality life as a result of depression, anxiety, phobias, paranoia, PTSD, ADHD, and a host of other mental health disorders?. then come, let’s address and develop a customized evidence based individualized care using a range of therapy programs that are family centered. We aim to discover, identify, and address the root causes of our clients’ life challenges, helping them set realistic and achievable goals to improve their quality of life holistically.
(443) 870-4518 View (443) 870-4518
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Sound Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC, MSN, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117
We recognize that individuals seeking services might not always find comfort in a clinical environment. To cater to diverse preferences, we provide psychiatric health services via a secure telemedicine platform that complies with HIPAA regulations, as well as through in-person visits at our office. Valuing the distinctness of each person, we tailor treatment plans to your specific needs, considering you an integral part of the process. Your active participation enriches our understanding of your requirements, while our empathetic approach ensures compassionate care.
We recognize that individuals seeking services might not always find comfort in a clinical environment. To cater to diverse preferences, we provide psychiatric health services via a secure telemedicine platform that complies with HIPAA regulations, as well as through in-person visits at our office. Valuing the distinctness of each person, we tailor treatment plans to your specific needs, considering you an integral part of the process. Your active participation enriches our understanding of your requirements, while our empathetic approach ensures compassionate care.
(410) 724-1982 View (410) 724-1982
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NEO Health Care Services, Inc.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Dr. Evarist Oguguo, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience in the management of major psychiatric disorders across the life span. Based on experience on pharmacologic management, it is safest to start at low dose and follow-up when medication is indicated for treatment.
Dr. Evarist Oguguo, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience in the management of major psychiatric disorders across the life span. Based on experience on pharmacologic management, it is safest to start at low dose and follow-up when medication is indicated for treatment.
(410) 657-0389 View (410) 657-0389
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Somya Abubucker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Accepting New Patients - www.GestellPsychiatry.com - I am a Johns Hopkins trained board-certified adult psychiatrist. I treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, psychotic, dissociative, somatic, personality, neurodevelopmental, ADHD, and sexual/gender disorders. I see patients 18 and above for medication management.
Accepting New Patients - www.GestellPsychiatry.com - I am a Johns Hopkins trained board-certified adult psychiatrist. I treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, psychotic, dissociative, somatic, personality, neurodevelopmental, ADHD, and sexual/gender disorders. I see patients 18 and above for medication management.
(410) 873-1834 View (410) 873-1834
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Love Chibuihe Nzeako
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Love. Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues, cycles of anxiety and depression, or other personality and psychological issues, I'm here to help. Seeking treatment can be intimidating and scary but you've just made the right choice to seek treatment.
Hi there, I'm Love. Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues, cycles of anxiety and depression, or other personality and psychological issues, I'm here to help. Seeking treatment can be intimidating and scary but you've just made the right choice to seek treatment.
(410) 457-9697 View (410) 457-9697
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Lawrencia Ugochukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Lawrencia, your trusted partner in your quest for life fulfillment and peace of mind that is devoid of anxiety and depression. I provide high-quality mental health treatment that is laser-focused on the individual.
Hello, I'm Lawrencia, your trusted partner in your quest for life fulfillment and peace of mind that is devoid of anxiety and depression. I provide high-quality mental health treatment that is laser-focused on the individual.
(410) 220-2478 View (410) 220-2478
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You Matter Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, ASDCS
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! I'm a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist and I diagnose adults on the spectrum. I also manage depression, anxiety, bipolar, and many other mental health disorders with medication and holistic treatment options. As a Family NP and Psychiatric NP, I have experience managing patients with complex medical issues. I use the most current treatments including genetic testing and work with you to find medication that is both affordable and effective. At the end of your visit you should feel comfortable with the plan, listened to, and that your mental health matters.
Accepting New Clients! I'm a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist and I diagnose adults on the spectrum. I also manage depression, anxiety, bipolar, and many other mental health disorders with medication and holistic treatment options. As a Family NP and Psychiatric NP, I have experience managing patients with complex medical issues. I use the most current treatments including genetic testing and work with you to find medication that is both affordable and effective. At the end of your visit you should feel comfortable with the plan, listened to, and that your mental health matters.
(410) 755-5630 View (410) 755-5630
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Dr. Neal G Ranen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
(410) 413-2145 View (410) 413-2145
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(410) 498-5326 View (410) 498-5326
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Ros Eko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients for both our Rhode Island and Maryland practices. We offer medication management services to young children, teenagers, and adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder and many more. I offer a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment that fosters wellbeing and healing. My goal is to enhance safety and provide the highest quality of care in a collaborative treatment style between the patient and the provider.
Currently accepting new patients for both our Rhode Island and Maryland practices. We offer medication management services to young children, teenagers, and adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder and many more. I offer a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment that fosters wellbeing and healing. My goal is to enhance safety and provide the highest quality of care in a collaborative treatment style between the patient and the provider.
(410) 698-1737 View (410) 698-1737
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FreshAir Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
At FreshAir Health Services, we believe in fostering meaningful relationships with our clients and their families. We are exceptional in providing individualized, patient-centered care. We take pride in listening to your problems and tailoring your treatment to your unique needs. Utilizing the best available evidence, we aim to provide our clients with results-oriented care.
At FreshAir Health Services, we believe in fostering meaningful relationships with our clients and their families. We are exceptional in providing individualized, patient-centered care. We take pride in listening to your problems and tailoring your treatment to your unique needs. Utilizing the best available evidence, we aim to provide our clients with results-oriented care.
(443) 323-0258 View (443) 323-0258
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IC Health Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Have you been feeling down lately? Have you been diagnosed with a behavioral health condition but stopped getting treatments? We are here to give you the support that you need. At IC Health Services, Inc., we take a holistic approach in our services by providing various forms of treatments to address a variety of mental and behavioral health problems and to meet the unique needs of each client. Want to learn more about our practice? Feel free to give us a call at 443-837-7511
Have you been feeling down lately? Have you been diagnosed with a behavioral health condition but stopped getting treatments? We are here to give you the support that you need. At IC Health Services, Inc., we take a holistic approach in our services by providing various forms of treatments to address a variety of mental and behavioral health problems and to meet the unique needs of each client. Want to learn more about our practice? Feel free to give us a call at 443-837-7511
(410) 883-7630 View (410) 883-7630
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Shareen Campbell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
My Name is Shareen Campbell. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I started out as a Medical Surgical Nurse. I spent about 5 years practicing on the medical side of nursing. I've always had a passion for mental health and after gaining medical experience I decided to make the transition to mental health nursing.
My Name is Shareen Campbell. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I started out as a Medical Surgical Nurse. I spent about 5 years practicing on the medical side of nursing. I've always had a passion for mental health and after gaining medical experience I decided to make the transition to mental health nursing.
(410) 304-6988 View (410) 304-6988
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Derick Sonjong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(CRNP-PMH) serving Maryland residents. I offer specialized mental health care services to individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing a wide range of psychiatric conditions. My expertise lies in diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health disorders through a holistic and evidence-based approach which includes incorporating patient's emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs.
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(CRNP-PMH) serving Maryland residents. I offer specialized mental health care services to individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing a wide range of psychiatric conditions. My expertise lies in diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health disorders through a holistic and evidence-based approach which includes incorporating patient's emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs.
(410) 453-8436 View (410) 453-8436
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Cecelia Tamba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH, BC
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
We are here to work with you to get to your best mental space.
We are here to work with you to get to your best mental space.
(410) 936-5731 View (410) 936-5731
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Jade Health & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
At Jade Health & Wellness, LLC, we strive to help others feel better and achieve control of their symptoms in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. The client is the center of treatment. Your input is important to us as we work to tailor your treatment plan to meet your specific needs. We believe in guiding you to help achieve your optimal level of health. Medication management is offered for all mental health conditions. We use the lowest amount of medications possible in order to prevent polypharmacy and drug interactions. Let us help you!
At Jade Health & Wellness, LLC, we strive to help others feel better and achieve control of their symptoms in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. The client is the center of treatment. Your input is important to us as we work to tailor your treatment plan to meet your specific needs. We believe in guiding you to help achieve your optimal level of health. Medication management is offered for all mental health conditions. We use the lowest amount of medications possible in order to prevent polypharmacy and drug interactions. Let us help you!
(410) 567-0813 View (410) 567-0813

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 21117

50+

Average cost per session

$172

Psychiatrists in 21117 who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
76% ADHD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Bipolar Disorder
72% Medication Management
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
84% Cigna and Evernorth
79% Medicaid

How Psychiatrists in 21117 see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21117?

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.