Psychiatrists in 21701

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Jennifer Grace Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21701
Hello! I am a Child & Adolescent psychiatric specialist. I do also see adults on a limited basis. I specialize in trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, women's psychiatric health, and everything in between. I am a LGBTQIA+ ally. I am a foreign immigrant and I am welcoming of cultural diversity. I am a double board-certified nurse practitioner, both in family medicine and psychiatry. I am passionate about following current research closely and attempting to see the bigger picture with every case. I am intentional about creating a safe and welcoming space for you.
Hello! I am a Child & Adolescent psychiatric specialist. I do also see adults on a limited basis. I specialize in trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, women's psychiatric health, and everything in between. I am a LGBTQIA+ ally. I am a foreign immigrant and I am welcoming of cultural diversity. I am a double board-certified nurse practitioner, both in family medicine and psychiatry. I am passionate about following current research closely and attempting to see the bigger picture with every case. I am intentional about creating a safe and welcoming space for you.
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Brunswick Psychiatry and Wellness Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21701
We are a team of holistic providers; holistic in that we view people as a whole, not a list of symptoms or boxes to check off. We take pride in working with our patients to find a plan of care that they are comfortable with. We hope that you will consider us approachable and flexible. Our nurse practitioners are working mothers, Frederick County residents and Maryland natives. We understand the demands of raising children and growing families in a post-COVID world and can relate to your worries and needs on a personal level.
We are a team of holistic providers; holistic in that we view people as a whole, not a list of symptoms or boxes to check off. We take pride in working with our patients to find a plan of care that they are comfortable with. We hope that you will consider us approachable and flexible. Our nurse practitioners are working mothers, Frederick County residents and Maryland natives. We understand the demands of raising children and growing families in a post-COVID world and can relate to your worries and needs on a personal level.
(240) 748-0179 View (240) 748-0179
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Whitney Withrow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
I’m a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to helping clients of all ages learn how to build healthier and fulfilling lives. My work focuses on a range of therapeutic models such as: CBT, DBT, self-compassion, supportive psychotherapy, and trauma-informed psychotherapy; along with providing medication management for a wide range of psychiatric needs. I believe in taking a holistic and collaborative approach to helping clients reach their goals in treatment.
I’m a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to helping clients of all ages learn how to build healthier and fulfilling lives. My work focuses on a range of therapeutic models such as: CBT, DBT, self-compassion, supportive psychotherapy, and trauma-informed psychotherapy; along with providing medication management for a wide range of psychiatric needs. I believe in taking a holistic and collaborative approach to helping clients reach their goals in treatment.
(240) 896-2686 View (240) 896-2686
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Psychiatric Guidance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
My philosophy to care is holistic, collaborative and patient centered. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my objective is to empower you to take control of your mental wellbeing. My treatment plan includes education regarding your diagnosis and available evidence-based treatments so you can participate in the decision-making process.
My philosophy to care is holistic, collaborative and patient centered. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my objective is to empower you to take control of your mental wellbeing. My treatment plan includes education regarding your diagnosis and available evidence-based treatments so you can participate in the decision-making process.
(240) 820-2489 View (240) 820-2489
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Asia Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701  (Online Only)
Asia Douglas specializes in medication management for multiple mental health disorders. She is passionate about the overall care of the whole individual with a focus on mental, physical, and emotional wellness. Asia received her bachelor’s in nursing from Coppin State University in Maryland. She went on to work at the University of Maryland Medical Center in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 5 years before obtaining her Master’s in Nursing for Family Nurse practitioners from Walden University.
Asia Douglas specializes in medication management for multiple mental health disorders. She is passionate about the overall care of the whole individual with a focus on mental, physical, and emotional wellness. Asia received her bachelor’s in nursing from Coppin State University in Maryland. She went on to work at the University of Maryland Medical Center in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 5 years before obtaining her Master’s in Nursing for Family Nurse practitioners from Walden University.
(240) 384-3826 View (240) 384-3826
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Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health.
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health.
(240) 716-6842 View (240) 716-6842
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Maryland Wellness and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
Have you been suffering from symptoms that affect your thinking, perception, mood, and behavior? Are these symptoms making it difficult for you to cope with work, relationships, and other demands? Have you been treated for these symptoms and have experienced failed medication trials? Do you need a provider who will listen to your needs and formulate a comprehensive plan to help you return to your baseline level and effectively get back to normal life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are a candidate who can benefit from the treatment I provide that is tailored to your specific needs.
Have you been suffering from symptoms that affect your thinking, perception, mood, and behavior? Are these symptoms making it difficult for you to cope with work, relationships, and other demands? Have you been treated for these symptoms and have experienced failed medication trials? Do you need a provider who will listen to your needs and formulate a comprehensive plan to help you return to your baseline level and effectively get back to normal life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are a candidate who can benefit from the treatment I provide that is tailored to your specific needs.
(410) 324-6308 View (410) 324-6308
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Mary Ann Dameron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21701
We are dedicated to enhancing mental health care access in Frederick County and surrouning areas. We promote mental wellness, providing integrated care and support for all age groups. Your journey to well-being begins here.
We are dedicated to enhancing mental health care access in Frederick County and surrouning areas. We promote mental wellness, providing integrated care and support for all age groups. Your journey to well-being begins here.
(301) 701-2340 View (301) 701-2340
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Sarah Hollingsworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21701
Before I was a nurse practitioner I was a nurse. Before I was a nurse I was a mother with postpartum anxiety and depression. Mental health is my passion because I bring the empathy of shared experience to the table. I know how painful anxiety and depression can be, how embarrassing it might be to seek out help, how daunting the medication is, and how it feels to lose hope; to feel stuck. I do what I do because I know how effective the medications are, and for most people we can find a medication that works for them.
Before I was a nurse practitioner I was a nurse. Before I was a nurse I was a mother with postpartum anxiety and depression. Mental health is my passion because I bring the empathy of shared experience to the table. I know how painful anxiety and depression can be, how embarrassing it might be to seek out help, how daunting the medication is, and how it feels to lose hope; to feel stuck. I do what I do because I know how effective the medications are, and for most people we can find a medication that works for them.
(301) 321-7218 View (301) 321-7218
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Francisca Obodo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNPPMH
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
I am board certified dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in delivering competent and compassionate care with a nursing career spanning over 13 years. My practice philosophy centers on treating the patient as whole and not just based on their symptoms. I believe in empowering my patients to be active participants in matters concerning their own health and tailoring their treatment plans according to their own preference and individual needs and informed by evidence-based practice guidelines.
I am board certified dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in delivering competent and compassionate care with a nursing career spanning over 13 years. My practice philosophy centers on treating the patient as whole and not just based on their symptoms. I believe in empowering my patients to be active participants in matters concerning their own health and tailoring their treatment plans according to their own preference and individual needs and informed by evidence-based practice guidelines.
(240) 998-1364 View (240) 998-1364
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Melissa Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
Melissa Ward, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner is originally from Ohio, where she attended Ohio University and obtained her bachelors in Psychology. She then relocated to Charleston, SC and attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she earned her bachelors in Nursing. Upon completion of her nursing degree she worked on the oncology unit at University of Maryland Medical Center.
Melissa Ward, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner is originally from Ohio, where she attended Ohio University and obtained her bachelors in Psychology. She then relocated to Charleston, SC and attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she earned her bachelors in Nursing. Upon completion of her nursing degree she worked on the oncology unit at University of Maryland Medical Center.
(240) 339-8035 View (240) 339-8035
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Gladstone Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, LCSW, MD, CRNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
Mental Health Care – For Everyone. At Gladstone Psychiatry, we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care. We use an individualized approach to help clients get their lives back on track. Our treatment approach is more than just medicine. Our psychiatrists work with you to provide evidence-based treatments, unique to your lifestyle and challenges. We believe in a holistic view of medicine and provide personalized care to each patient, while making it affordable, inclusive and easy to access.
Mental Health Care – For Everyone. At Gladstone Psychiatry, we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care. We use an individualized approach to help clients get their lives back on track. Our treatment approach is more than just medicine. Our psychiatrists work with you to provide evidence-based treatments, unique to your lifestyle and challenges. We believe in a holistic view of medicine and provide personalized care to each patient, while making it affordable, inclusive and easy to access.
(443) 708-5856 View (443) 708-5856
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Chloe Nichols
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner. If you are seeking a compassionate mental health provider who takes time to listen and believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, then I may be the provider for you. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, a substance use disorder or other mental health concern, I look forward to getting to know you and working together to help you achieve your goals and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.
I am a psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner. If you are seeking a compassionate mental health provider who takes time to listen and believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, then I may be the provider for you. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, a substance use disorder or other mental health concern, I look forward to getting to know you and working together to help you achieve your goals and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.
(240) 998-8359 View (240) 998-8359
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Baltimore Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701  (Online Only)
FAST new patient appointments across Maryland! We can work with ALL private insurance policies. Baltimore Psychiatry provides medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and many other disorders. Our practice was designed with an emphasis on quality, convenience, and affordability for our patients. Our evaluations are scheduled for a full 90 minutes to ensure thorough treatment. We want our patients to be comfortable with their questions answered and needs met. Low cash pricing is available to those not using insurance. We offer evening and weekend hours to complement our patients busy schedules, rather than disrupt them.
FAST new patient appointments across Maryland! We can work with ALL private insurance policies. Baltimore Psychiatry provides medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and many other disorders. Our practice was designed with an emphasis on quality, convenience, and affordability for our patients. Our evaluations are scheduled for a full 90 minutes to ensure thorough treatment. We want our patients to be comfortable with their questions answered and needs met. Low cash pricing is available to those not using insurance. We offer evening and weekend hours to complement our patients busy schedules, rather than disrupt them.
(240) 363-2477 View (240) 363-2477
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Audra Worthington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21701  (Online Only)
Millions of people suffer from mental health problems every year, but many don't seek help because they don't know where to turn. Mental health is a huge issue, and it's only getting worse. Too many people are suffering in silence. Sage Mental Wellness is here to help. We offer affordable mental health services for anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD etc. We have a team of qualified and experienced providers who can help you get your life back on track.
Millions of people suffer from mental health problems every year, but many don't seek help because they don't know where to turn. Mental health is a huge issue, and it's only getting worse. Too many people are suffering in silence. Sage Mental Wellness is here to help. We offer affordable mental health services for anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD etc. We have a team of qualified and experienced providers who can help you get your life back on track.
(240) 213-9160 View (240) 213-9160
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Kayla Potter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
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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Tammy Faye Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21701  (Online Only)
Tammy focuses on addressing issues in current & past experiences, trauma, parenting, relationship issues & divorce, co-parenting, stress, substance use, anxiety, mood, depression, lifestyles, & goals.
Tammy focuses on addressing issues in current & past experiences, trauma, parenting, relationship issues & divorce, co-parenting, stress, substance use, anxiety, mood, depression, lifestyles, & goals.
(240) 366-2478 View (240) 366-2478
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Dr. Renata Nkeze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, CRNP, PMH-BC
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
I accept patients all over the State of MD. Appointments are virtual through Tele-health and in person for those in the Largo area. Dr. Renata Nkeze perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children, teenagers and adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various mental illness including ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, PTSD and much more. Dr. Nkeze is an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In the past, she has worked with Patients both in inpatient and in outpatient settings. Call us to schedule a virtual visit or request through our website.
I accept patients all over the State of MD. Appointments are virtual through Tele-health and in person for those in the Largo area. Dr. Renata Nkeze perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children, teenagers and adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various mental illness including ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, PTSD and much more. Dr. Nkeze is an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In the past, she has worked with Patients both in inpatient and in outpatient settings. Call us to schedule a virtual visit or request through our website.
(443) 292-9741 View (443) 292-9741
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Ozan Toy
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
Ideal client is someone who desires a partner in addressing their mental health. I view the patient-doctor relationship as a shared decision making process that will facilitate an individually tailored approach to achieve optimal mental health. I use a holistic approach and consider biological, psychological, and social aspects of a client's life to determine the best treatment paradigms. Whether you are looking for a skilled talk therapist or need assistance with medications, I am confident that I can help you achieve your goals.
Ideal client is someone who desires a partner in addressing their mental health. I view the patient-doctor relationship as a shared decision making process that will facilitate an individually tailored approach to achieve optimal mental health. I use a holistic approach and consider biological, psychological, and social aspects of a client's life to determine the best treatment paradigms. Whether you are looking for a skilled talk therapist or need assistance with medications, I am confident that I can help you achieve your goals.
(410) 784-4832 View (410) 784-4832
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Andre Gligor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
Services available include psychopharmacology consultations, mental health evaluation and treatment, medication management, psychotherapy and second opinion consultations. Appointment availability is generally between the hours of 1 PM and 8 PM. Areas of special interest include sleep disorders, ADHD, Autism, OCD, Depression and PTSD. Additional services available are Behavior Therapy for OCD and counseling for families of persons with Autism. The goals of the practice are to provide help and solutions for problems that affect a client's quality of life and to help clients continue on life's journey without distress.
Services available include psychopharmacology consultations, mental health evaluation and treatment, medication management, psychotherapy and second opinion consultations. Appointment availability is generally between the hours of 1 PM and 8 PM. Areas of special interest include sleep disorders, ADHD, Autism, OCD, Depression and PTSD. Additional services available are Behavior Therapy for OCD and counseling for families of persons with Autism. The goals of the practice are to provide help and solutions for problems that affect a client's quality of life and to help clients continue on life's journey without distress.
(301) 679-7492 View (301) 679-7492

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Number of Psychiatrists in 21701

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 21701 who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
88% Medication Management
85% Bipolar Disorder
79% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Cigna and Evernorth
87% Aetna
74% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 21701 see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21701?

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.