Psychiatrists in 30909

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Stewart Shevitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Dr. Shevitz has been in Augusta since 1992. After obtaining his BA from the University of Virginia in Psychology, Dr. Shevitz attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and then went on to do his psychiatric training at Dartmouth Medical School. He has worked in a variety of settings including the Navajo Indian Reservation, Vanderbilt University, and served as Director of Psychiatry at a large general hospital in Eugene, OR before coming to Augusta.
Dr. Shevitz has been in Augusta since 1992. After obtaining his BA from the University of Virginia in Psychology, Dr. Shevitz attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and then went on to do his psychiatric training at Dartmouth Medical School. He has worked in a variety of settings including the Navajo Indian Reservation, Vanderbilt University, and served as Director of Psychiatry at a large general hospital in Eugene, OR before coming to Augusta.
(706) 898-4722 View (706) 898-4722
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Lotus Health and Wellness Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt that life is pulling you in every direction possible; between work, relationships, friendships, parenting and you're struggling to keep your head above water to breathe? I can help you understand what anxiety symptoms look like in the physical form, and together we can help identify your triggers, formulate a plan to balance it all, and discuss medication management. Are you self isolating? Neglecting yourself? Have you noticed that you cry more more so than not? Are you having trouble sleeping? Depression may show up different for everyone, but the aching pain that it delivers is the same.
Have you ever felt that life is pulling you in every direction possible; between work, relationships, friendships, parenting and you're struggling to keep your head above water to breathe? I can help you understand what anxiety symptoms look like in the physical form, and together we can help identify your triggers, formulate a plan to balance it all, and discuss medication management. Are you self isolating? Neglecting yourself? Have you noticed that you cry more more so than not? Are you having trouble sleeping? Depression may show up different for everyone, but the aching pain that it delivers is the same.
(706) 397-3644 View (706) 397-3644
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Jennifer Simonds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Graduate of the Medical College of Georgia BSN, Registered Nurse and MSN- Advanced Practice, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatry and Mental Health. Held a position as adjunct faculty with USC - Aiken School of nursing. Medical College of Georgia for over 10 years working with both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment settings. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, she was employed 13+ years at the Charlie Norwood VAMC in Augusta and has extensive experience working with veterans and their families.
Graduate of the Medical College of Georgia BSN, Registered Nurse and MSN- Advanced Practice, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatry and Mental Health. Held a position as adjunct faculty with USC - Aiken School of nursing. Medical College of Georgia for over 10 years working with both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment settings. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, she was employed 13+ years at the Charlie Norwood VAMC in Augusta and has extensive experience working with veterans and their families.
(706) 574-4211 View (706) 574-4211
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Glory Recovery Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Break free from Opioid addiction, Reclaim back your glorious life. We offer Suboxone treatment for both new and existing patients. Our program has a high success rate for those that complies with treatment. Begin your treatment today with only $99 Our payment is very flexible and affordable. We do not accept any form of insurance payment. The clinic accepts only self-pay patients only. Glory Recovery Solutions now provides personalized on-line treatment consultations for prescription pain/heroin addiction and co-occurring psychiatric conditions. This is offered to you in the comfort of your own familiar environment.
Break free from Opioid addiction, Reclaim back your glorious life. We offer Suboxone treatment for both new and existing patients. Our program has a high success rate for those that complies with treatment. Begin your treatment today with only $99 Our payment is very flexible and affordable. We do not accept any form of insurance payment. The clinic accepts only self-pay patients only. Glory Recovery Solutions now provides personalized on-line treatment consultations for prescription pain/heroin addiction and co-occurring psychiatric conditions. This is offered to you in the comfort of your own familiar environment.
(678) 568-4861 View (678) 568-4861
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Olasimbo Babatope
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
(706) 408-6607 View (706) 408-6607
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Donna Londino
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Donna L. Londino is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2000. She has a BS from Augusta College with Medical Training through the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed her Internship, Residency, and Fellowship training through the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia. To promote optimal growth and development to children and adolescents, Donna offers strategies that enhance healthy family functioning and also assists individuals transitioning to young adulthood or making other transitions in their lives.
Donna L. Londino is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2000. She has a BS from Augusta College with Medical Training through the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed her Internship, Residency, and Fellowship training through the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia. To promote optimal growth and development to children and adolescents, Donna offers strategies that enhance healthy family functioning and also assists individuals transitioning to young adulthood or making other transitions in their lives.
(706) 719-0428 View (706) 719-0428
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Porscha Dickens Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Life can often present with twists and turns that can affect how we think and feel. There are times were we can feel overwhelmed, stressed, worried, sad, angry, or all of the above. Many times our past experiences can contribute to how we manage present situations. Sometimes we know something is off or we are not living the life we want, but might not be sure how to make a change. You are not alone. By starting mental health treatment you can learn about your past and present to create the change you may want in the future.
Life can often present with twists and turns that can affect how we think and feel. There are times were we can feel overwhelmed, stressed, worried, sad, angry, or all of the above. Many times our past experiences can contribute to how we manage present situations. Sometimes we know something is off or we are not living the life we want, but might not be sure how to make a change. You are not alone. By starting mental health treatment you can learn about your past and present to create the change you may want in the future.
(706) 471-1128 View (706) 471-1128
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Misty Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Dr. Lewis is a South Georgia girl with southern charm. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As an Augusta University Jaguar, she continued her educational journey in graduate school where she completed her Masters in Clinical Leadership in 2017 and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health in 2021. While there, she served as a scholar for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program that integrated behavioral health with primary care. She has special interests in mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
Dr. Lewis is a South Georgia girl with southern charm. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As an Augusta University Jaguar, she continued her educational journey in graduate school where she completed her Masters in Clinical Leadership in 2017 and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health in 2021. While there, she served as a scholar for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program that integrated behavioral health with primary care. She has special interests in mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
(706) 943-2877 View (706) 943-2877
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Allison Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
In my nursing career I have had the privilege of working with patients throughout all stages of their life. I enjoy partnering with my patients to develop a holistic individualized plan. After working with mothers in the NICU and being a new mother myself, I am particularly passionate about maternal mental health education and treatment. I have completed continuing education through Postpartum Support International to allow me to partner with and serve families throughout the CSRA.
In my nursing career I have had the privilege of working with patients throughout all stages of their life. I enjoy partnering with my patients to develop a holistic individualized plan. After working with mothers in the NICU and being a new mother myself, I am particularly passionate about maternal mental health education and treatment. I have completed continuing education through Postpartum Support International to allow me to partner with and serve families throughout the CSRA.
(706) 690-4183 View (706) 690-4183
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Jennifer Simonds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Jennifer started with Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals in December 2019. She has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with mental health problems and addiction. Jennifer's philosophy is to provide evidence-based treatment within the framework of person-centered care.
Jennifer started with Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals in December 2019. She has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with mental health problems and addiction. Jennifer's philosophy is to provide evidence-based treatment within the framework of person-centered care.
(770) 802-2740 View (770) 802-2740
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Stephen Fleming
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Dr. Stephen Fleming is a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2012. He obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Georgia and his medical school education at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He received training in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia while completing his residency and fellowship. Dr. Fleming seeks to utilize his clinical expertise to help those who are struggling with mental illness not only treat their illness to remission but also achieve the sense of well-being and fullness of life they desire.
Dr. Stephen Fleming is a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2012. He obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Georgia and his medical school education at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He received training in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia while completing his residency and fellowship. Dr. Fleming seeks to utilize his clinical expertise to help those who are struggling with mental illness not only treat their illness to remission but also achieve the sense of well-being and fullness of life they desire.
(762) 985-0380 View (762) 985-0380
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MJB Holisitc and Therapeutic Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Augusta, GA 30909
MJB appreciate clients who are searching for an inclusive space to fully be who they are, without fear of judgement or shame. MJB believes in addressing the “whole” patient, and not the “hole” in the patient. We are committed to providing you with the support, care and resources you need to help you navigate this path to mental health healing. We strive to create a safe space for clients that will allow them to overcome challenges while working towards healing from their past and present life events.
MJB appreciate clients who are searching for an inclusive space to fully be who they are, without fear of judgement or shame. MJB believes in addressing the “whole” patient, and not the “hole” in the patient. We are committed to providing you with the support, care and resources you need to help you navigate this path to mental health healing. We strive to create a safe space for clients that will allow them to overcome challenges while working towards healing from their past and present life events.
(301) 842-7494 View (301) 842-7494
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Mind Over Matter Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Our provider is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, currently focusing on adolescents and geriatrics. Tresa acquired a Master’s degree with a focus in Mental Health Nursing and Psychiatry from Walden University, Minnesota.
Our provider is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, currently focusing on adolescents and geriatrics. Tresa acquired a Master’s degree with a focus in Mental Health Nursing and Psychiatry from Walden University, Minnesota.
(678) 501-7580 View (678) 501-7580
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Martell Hawkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
My name is Martell. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP). I've been a PMHNP for 6 years. I want to partner with clients to help navigate their mental health challenges.
My name is Martell. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP). I've been a PMHNP for 6 years. I want to partner with clients to help navigate their mental health challenges.
(762) 888-9620 View (762) 888-9620
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Dr. Debbie Stevens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
I knew from my first day of my psychiatric clinical rotation during my junior year of nursing school that I wanted to commit my career to helping people with their mental health problems. I realized I found a true joy in sitting with individuals experiencing a crisis and helping others battling a myriad of issues. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, before completing a Master of Science in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After obtaining nearly a decade of clinical practice, I return to Emory to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.
I knew from my first day of my psychiatric clinical rotation during my junior year of nursing school that I wanted to commit my career to helping people with their mental health problems. I realized I found a true joy in sitting with individuals experiencing a crisis and helping others battling a myriad of issues. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, before completing a Master of Science in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After obtaining nearly a decade of clinical practice, I return to Emory to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.
(470) 517-3858 View (470) 517-3858
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Georgia Healthy Minds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Augusta, GA 30909
Hello, I am Jayne Andrade, a doctoral-prepared, double board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family practice, who advocates for patients and empowers them to become active in their care.
Hello, I am Jayne Andrade, a doctoral-prepared, double board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family practice, who advocates for patients and empowers them to become active in their care.
(770) 762-1617 View (770) 762-1617
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Donna Cross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Augusta, GA 30909
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Pract. The clients that I am best positioned to serve are clients with mental health issues and life stressors. I provide comprehensive care to individuals and families. I form strong therapeutic relationships with individuals across the lifespan- becoming familiar with their stories and challenges to transform their lives in a productive way. I promote well-being through prevention and education, and collaboration with patient and family. I want my clients to have the aspirations, desires, and a vision that will allow them to grow and thrive in their respective communities.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Pract. The clients that I am best positioned to serve are clients with mental health issues and life stressors. I provide comprehensive care to individuals and families. I form strong therapeutic relationships with individuals across the lifespan- becoming familiar with their stories and challenges to transform their lives in a productive way. I promote well-being through prevention and education, and collaboration with patient and family. I want my clients to have the aspirations, desires, and a vision that will allow them to grow and thrive in their respective communities.
(678) 562-6976 View (678) 562-6976
Beverly Criss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Hi, I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in assisting clients to navigate through their challenges of wide range of mental disorders. I have worked with young children with Autism, ADHD and young and older adults with mood disorders and personalities disorders. I am a good listener that supports autonomy and self-driven outcomes that provides stability with lifelong problem-solving strategies.
Hi, I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in assisting clients to navigate through their challenges of wide range of mental disorders. I have worked with young children with Autism, ADHD and young and older adults with mood disorders and personalities disorders. I am a good listener that supports autonomy and self-driven outcomes that provides stability with lifelong problem-solving strategies.
(470) 250-8238 View (470) 250-8238
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Tremeze Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Augusta, GA 30909
Hello, I'm Tremeze. Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, etc? Do you need help with your medication management needs? If so, allow me to help you reach your best self. I am based in the Atlanta Metropolitan area but am working on becoming available in multiple states via telemedicine. I currently provide psychiatric care to individuals 12 years and up.
Hello, I'm Tremeze. Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, etc? Do you need help with your medication management needs? If so, allow me to help you reach your best self. I am based in the Atlanta Metropolitan area but am working on becoming available in multiple states via telemedicine. I currently provide psychiatric care to individuals 12 years and up.
(762) 775-7130 View (762) 775-7130
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Dr. Chelsea Carson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Chelsea Carson provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Carson evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Chelsea Carson provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Carson evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
(706) 825-4461 View (706) 825-4461

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Number of Psychiatrists in 30909

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 30909 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
61% ADHD
61% Trauma and PTSD
61% Medication Management
58% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Aetna
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 30909 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 30909?

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.