Psychiatrists in 29607

Photo of M. Brian Hendricks, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
M. Brian Hendricks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
I concentrate on integrative psychiatry to understand you as a whole person. This allows you and I the ability to identify and treat the underlying causes of your condition, so we can move beyond just covering up symptoms with psychiatric medications and achieve profound life changes. We will often concentrate on nutrition, stress management, sleep and rest, work-life balance, movement, spirituality, relationships and community, personal development, mind-body connection, and healthy environment as ways to decrease polypharmacy.
I concentrate on integrative psychiatry to understand you as a whole person. This allows you and I the ability to identify and treat the underlying causes of your condition, so we can move beyond just covering up symptoms with psychiatric medications and achieve profound life changes. We will often concentrate on nutrition, stress management, sleep and rest, work-life balance, movement, spirituality, relationships and community, personal development, mind-body connection, and healthy environment as ways to decrease polypharmacy.
(864) 668-8193 View (864) 668-8193
Photo of Sarah McNight, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
Sarah McNight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Ms. McNight began her career in mental health in 2011, working with crisis intervention and stabilization of patients with complex psychiatric needs in an inpatient psychiatric setting for 6 years. She is dual board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). She completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from Clemson University in 2017 and holds a post-graduate degree in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from Wilkes University. Prior to joining Sherbondy’s Psychiatric Solutions in 2020, Ms. McNight worked as a Nurse Practitioner in diverse specialty settings.
Ms. McNight began her career in mental health in 2011, working with crisis intervention and stabilization of patients with complex psychiatric needs in an inpatient psychiatric setting for 6 years. She is dual board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). She completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from Clemson University in 2017 and holds a post-graduate degree in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from Wilkes University. Prior to joining Sherbondy’s Psychiatric Solutions in 2020, Ms. McNight worked as a Nurse Practitioner in diverse specialty settings.
(864) 523-6776 View (864) 523-6776
Photo of Sunil K Bhatia, Psychiatrist in 29607, SC
Sunil K Bhatia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Do you have mental pain and every day life seems like a chore and trying harder doesn’t help? Do you feel helpless and hopeless most days and have trouble sleeping and enjoying the little pleasures of life? Do you dread waking up and not able to trust your near and dear? If you think you could answer “ yes” to these, you probably need a little psychiatric “ tune up”. Psychiatrist can help by altering your neurochemistry with medications and psychotherapy to correct your emotions, sleep and develop coping techniques. I have had extensive training in Psychopharmacology and Psychoanalysis. I have practiced psychiatry for 30 years.
Do you have mental pain and every day life seems like a chore and trying harder doesn’t help? Do you feel helpless and hopeless most days and have trouble sleeping and enjoying the little pleasures of life? Do you dread waking up and not able to trust your near and dear? If you think you could answer “ yes” to these, you probably need a little psychiatric “ tune up”. Psychiatrist can help by altering your neurochemistry with medications and psychotherapy to correct your emotions, sleep and develop coping techniques. I have had extensive training in Psychopharmacology and Psychoanalysis. I have practiced psychiatry for 30 years.
(864) 383-9766 View (864) 383-9766
Photo of Kiana Huston-McNair, Physician Assistant in 29607, SC
Kiana Huston-McNair
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MMS
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Shortly after completing my undergraduate education, I recognized the need for more mental health providers and how addressing a patient’s mental health can impact and improve their overall health. Now a board-certified practitioner, I specialize in medication management while also addressing ways to improve environmental, social, and physical wellness. My training has given me experience in various specialties which allows me to develop a comprehensive assessment. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression.
Shortly after completing my undergraduate education, I recognized the need for more mental health providers and how addressing a patient’s mental health can impact and improve their overall health. Now a board-certified practitioner, I specialize in medication management while also addressing ways to improve environmental, social, and physical wellness. My training has given me experience in various specialties which allows me to develop a comprehensive assessment. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression.
(864) 713-9659 View (864) 713-9659
Photo of Jason Alan Flassing, Physician Assistant in 29607, SC
Jason Alan Flassing
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
Most of my patients are previously diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Affective Disorder. Many have co-existing anxiety disorders ranging from generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder with agoraphobia. My patients range in age from teens to seniors.
Most of my patients are previously diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Affective Disorder. Many have co-existing anxiety disorders ranging from generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder with agoraphobia. My patients range in age from teens to seniors.
(864) 383-9487 View (864) 383-9487
Photo of Dr. Andrea Bandfield, Psychiatrist in 29607, SC
Dr. Andrea Bandfield
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
Dr. Bandfield, MD is a Psychiatrist AND Therapist accepting new clients at her Greenville office. For almost 20 years, her greatest joy has been helping her clients solve their Anxiety, Worry, OCD, and Panic. Visit drbandfield.com to learn more! Dr. Bandfield's expertise in therapy has helped clients solve these symptoms Anxiety— Worry — Panic —- OCD — Irrational Fears. You may be surprised to learn that medication is sometimes not at all necessary. Her practice is warm, welcoming, and in-person, starting with your first session. Every detail has been structured to protect your privacy and confidentiality.
Dr. Bandfield, MD is a Psychiatrist AND Therapist accepting new clients at her Greenville office. For almost 20 years, her greatest joy has been helping her clients solve their Anxiety, Worry, OCD, and Panic. Visit drbandfield.com to learn more! Dr. Bandfield's expertise in therapy has helped clients solve these symptoms Anxiety— Worry — Panic —- OCD — Irrational Fears. You may be surprised to learn that medication is sometimes not at all necessary. Her practice is warm, welcoming, and in-person, starting with your first session. Every detail has been structured to protect your privacy and confidentiality.
(864) 501-5402 View (864) 501-5402
Photo of David Shane Sherbondy, Psychiatrist in 29607, SC
David Shane Sherbondy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
Dr. Sherbondy has greater than 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. He received his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California. Then, he completed his residency and fellowship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He is triple board-certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine. Dr. Sherbondy provides treatment for adults, teenagers, and children diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD, and more.
Dr. Sherbondy has greater than 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. He received his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California. Then, he completed his residency and fellowship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He is triple board-certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine. Dr. Sherbondy provides treatment for adults, teenagers, and children diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD, and more.
(864) 714-0718 View (864) 714-0718
Photo of Svetlana Robinson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
Svetlana Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, MS, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
I look look forward to working with patients of all ages over 18 years old. My areas of interest include depression, anxiety, insomnia, grief, separation disorders, PTSD, bipolar, and ADHD.
I look look forward to working with patients of all ages over 18 years old. My areas of interest include depression, anxiety, insomnia, grief, separation disorders, PTSD, bipolar, and ADHD.
(864) 860-2931 View (864) 860-2931
Photo of Anglique Rich, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
Anglique Rich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Angie is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 13 years of experience in various mental health backgrounds including: crisis stabilization, substance use detoxification, and cognitive disorders. She appreciates honesty, proactivity, patience, and self-awareness from her patients during the treatment process. She believes in the power of empathy, compassion, and understanding in transforming the lives of individuals struggling with mental health disorders.
Angie is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 13 years of experience in various mental health backgrounds including: crisis stabilization, substance use detoxification, and cognitive disorders. She appreciates honesty, proactivity, patience, and self-awareness from her patients during the treatment process. She believes in the power of empathy, compassion, and understanding in transforming the lives of individuals struggling with mental health disorders.
(864) 531-8377 View (864) 531-8377
Photo of Kathleen Dubost, Physician Assistant in 29607, SC
Kathleen Dubost
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MMS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
My ideal client is one struggling with anxiety/depression. This diagnosis is very common today and can be very devastating for a person to experience. It is important to treat my client as an individual and not be judgmental.
My ideal client is one struggling with anxiety/depression. This diagnosis is very common today and can be very devastating for a person to experience. It is important to treat my client as an individual and not be judgmental.
(864) 568-4804 View (864) 568-4804
Photo of Denis Ingle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
Denis Ingle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
I am passionate about mental health and count it a blessing to help others in their journey towards mental wellness. My approach is patient-centered, compassionate, and conscientious. I greatly value the sacred relationship in partnering with my patients for the betterment of their mental health, and to help in achieving their wellness goals. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority, I am well versed and actively experienced in prescribing medications which would greatly aid towards your treatment goals.
I am passionate about mental health and count it a blessing to help others in their journey towards mental wellness. My approach is patient-centered, compassionate, and conscientious. I greatly value the sacred relationship in partnering with my patients for the betterment of their mental health, and to help in achieving their wellness goals. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority, I am well versed and actively experienced in prescribing medications which would greatly aid towards your treatment goals.
(864) 428-7195 View (864) 428-7195
Photo of Dannah Michele Moore, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
Dannah Michele Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Each of us are unique beings worthy of love, belonging, purpose, self-acceptance, happiness, and peace. Attainment of these beliefs and practices may come as a challenge for those struggling with their mental health. My passion is to walk alongside children, teens, and their families and work to eliminate barriers which limit their potential for joy, success, and personal growth. I believe in a holistic approach, using medications, as well as recommendations for supplements, diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Conditions I treat include, but are not limited to ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, and behaviors related to autism.
Each of us are unique beings worthy of love, belonging, purpose, self-acceptance, happiness, and peace. Attainment of these beliefs and practices may come as a challenge for those struggling with their mental health. My passion is to walk alongside children, teens, and their families and work to eliminate barriers which limit their potential for joy, success, and personal growth. I believe in a holistic approach, using medications, as well as recommendations for supplements, diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Conditions I treat include, but are not limited to ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, and behaviors related to autism.
(864) 351-6691 View (864) 351-6691
Photo of Sejal Bhula, Physician Assistant in 29607, SC
Sejal Bhula
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MMS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
I am a board-certified Physician Assistant with prescriptive authority. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorders. I understand that everyone is different and will create a psychiatric medication management plan tailored to your unique needs.
I am a board-certified Physician Assistant with prescriptive authority. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorders. I understand that everyone is different and will create a psychiatric medication management plan tailored to your unique needs.
(864) 581-2759 View (864) 581-2759
Photo of Consola Esambe, Psychiatrist in 29607, SC
Consola Esambe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Dr. Consola Esambe is a Psychiatrist in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Esambe believes in forming a partnership with the patient so that they are an integral part of their health journey. This leads to buy in which fosters a better therapeutic alliance with the patient. Outside of work, Dr. Esambe enjoys watching TV, spending time with friends and family, reading and traveling.
Dr. Consola Esambe is a Psychiatrist in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Esambe believes in forming a partnership with the patient so that they are an integral part of their health journey. This leads to buy in which fosters a better therapeutic alliance with the patient. Outside of work, Dr. Esambe enjoys watching TV, spending time with friends and family, reading and traveling.
(864) 477-6397 View (864) 477-6397
Photo of Sahil Talwar, Physician Assistant in 29607, SC
Sahil Talwar
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MBA
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
We do not require a referral and can typically see you in less than a week. Sahil Talwar is a physician assistant with 8 years of experience in emergency, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. He is licensed in both South Carolina and North Carolina. He graduated from South College with his Master's in Physician Assistant studies in 2015. Sahil has utilized his experience by treating patients in both civilian and military settings. He is a Captain in the Army Reserves and has 15 years of military service. He is the owner of Carolina Psychiatry and Addiction Services.
We do not require a referral and can typically see you in less than a week. Sahil Talwar is a physician assistant with 8 years of experience in emergency, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. He is licensed in both South Carolina and North Carolina. He graduated from South College with his Master's in Physician Assistant studies in 2015. Sahil has utilized his experience by treating patients in both civilian and military settings. He is a Captain in the Army Reserves and has 15 years of military service. He is the owner of Carolina Psychiatry and Addiction Services.
(704) 324-8177 View (704) 324-8177
Photo of Jennifer Ramsey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
Jennifer Ramsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Jennifer Ramsey is a Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2013. Jennifer offers patients a safe, welcoming environment for a range of services, including diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, and support in coping with life stressors. Through her training and expertise, she can provide patients with a comprehensive and individualized approach to mental health care, helping them to achieve improved quality of life and functioning.
Jennifer Ramsey is a Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2013. Jennifer offers patients a safe, welcoming environment for a range of services, including diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, and support in coping with life stressors. Through her training and expertise, she can provide patients with a comprehensive and individualized approach to mental health care, helping them to achieve improved quality of life and functioning.
(864) 365-3723 View (864) 365-3723
Photo of Southern Om Telepsychiatric Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
Southern Om Telepsychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Jared J. Carbone APRN, PMHNP-BC has worked in various settings including both state-run and private mental health outpatient facilities within the state of South Carolina. Jared has had extensive training as a psychiatric nurse prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Jared specializes in treating adult ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders including depression/insomnia. Jared incorporates the use of natural over-the-counter remedies in addition to the use of medications. Offers in person office availability for ADHD patients.
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Jared J. Carbone APRN, PMHNP-BC has worked in various settings including both state-run and private mental health outpatient facilities within the state of South Carolina. Jared has had extensive training as a psychiatric nurse prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Jared specializes in treating adult ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders including depression/insomnia. Jared incorporates the use of natural over-the-counter remedies in addition to the use of medications. Offers in person office availability for ADHD patients.
(864) 740-4112 View (864) 740-4112
Upstate ADHD Center, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
At Upstate ADHD Center, LLC, we’re committed to providing you with the most exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. We have the philosophy that our patients come first, insurance issues have no place in our practice; that's why we do not accept insurance. We provide comprehensive and excellent care.
At Upstate ADHD Center, LLC, we’re committed to providing you with the most exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. We have the philosophy that our patients come first, insurance issues have no place in our practice; that's why we do not accept insurance. We provide comprehensive and excellent care.
(864) 432-5660 View (864) 432-5660
Photo of Greg Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
Greg Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
I understand seeing a new provider or switching providers can be stressful, but I want my patients to know when it comes to their treatment, they play a major role. I always take into consideration what has previously worked well and what has not, and together we will create a treatment plan that best supports improving overall mental health with a focus on finding the right options for medication management and blended psychotherapy.
I understand seeing a new provider or switching providers can be stressful, but I want my patients to know when it comes to their treatment, they play a major role. I always take into consideration what has previously worked well and what has not, and together we will create a treatment plan that best supports improving overall mental health with a focus on finding the right options for medication management and blended psychotherapy.
(864) 618-2817 View (864) 618-2817
Photo of Danielle Berry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 29607, SC
Danielle Berry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, SANE-A, CEN
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Danielle graduated from USC-Upstate with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2010; a proud alumna of Gardner Webb University, she earned her Doctorate in Nursing with a specialization in Mental Health as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Most recently she served as a forensic nurse and sexual assault nurse examiner in both a clinician and an educator role. In this role she provided expert care to patients experiencing sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse/neglect, and vulnerable adult abuse/neglect.
Danielle graduated from USC-Upstate with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2010; a proud alumna of Gardner Webb University, she earned her Doctorate in Nursing with a specialization in Mental Health as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Most recently she served as a forensic nurse and sexual assault nurse examiner in both a clinician and an educator role. In this role she provided expert care to patients experiencing sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse/neglect, and vulnerable adult abuse/neglect.
(864) 661-6926 View (864) 661-6926

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 29607

20+

Average cost per session

$129

Psychiatrists in 29607 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
87% ADHD
78% Bipolar Disorder
74% Medication Management
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Cigna and Evernorth
78% TRICARE

How Psychiatrists in 29607 see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 29607?

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.