Psychiatrists in 77459

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New Era Consultancy LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459  (Online Only)
Helen Ohene, FNP/ PMHNP-BC Ms. Helen Ohene is a graduate from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Where she obtained her master’s and her post-master’s. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years of nursing experience across variety of settings including home health, inpatient, outpatient clinics, and psychiatric facilities. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use disorders, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorders.
Helen Ohene, FNP/ PMHNP-BC Ms. Helen Ohene is a graduate from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Where she obtained her master’s and her post-master’s. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years of nursing experience across variety of settings including home health, inpatient, outpatient clinics, and psychiatric facilities. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use disorders, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorders.
(832) 979-8058 View (832) 979-8058
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
(346) 476-4637 View (346) 476-4637
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Francis Mbella Manga @tp-Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in California. I have been in the healthcare field for over 15 years now.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in California. I have been in the healthcare field for over 15 years now.
(832) 916-2677 View (832) 916-2677
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Janet Zoch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
In building a relationship with my patients, I take a comprehensive, collaborative and compassionate approach. I take the time to get to know each person both as an individual but also within the context of their family and outside relationships. I began my private practice to allow me to take the time necessary to get to know my patients and provide personalized, quality care.
In building a relationship with my patients, I take a comprehensive, collaborative and compassionate approach. I take the time to get to know each person both as an individual but also within the context of their family and outside relationships. I began my private practice to allow me to take the time necessary to get to know my patients and provide personalized, quality care.
(346) 476-5480 View (346) 476-5480
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Dr. Sadiat Olatunbosun @ Tp Health Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
Dr. Sadiat K. Olatunbosun (Olatunbosun) is a psychiatrist in Houston, Texas. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. Dr. Sadiat K. Olatunbosun (Olatunbosun) has expertise in treating anxiety disorders, among other conditions
Dr. Sadiat K. Olatunbosun (Olatunbosun) is a psychiatrist in Houston, Texas. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. Dr. Sadiat K. Olatunbosun (Olatunbosun) has expertise in treating anxiety disorders, among other conditions
(832) 916-2677 View (832) 916-2677
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Vita Chung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Vita Chung is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over ten years (as of 2021) of nursing experience in Psychiatric Mental Health. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees from the UT Health San Antonio, formerly named the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Chung completed her clinical training in a wide range of psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan and strives to provide up-to-date evidence-based treatment options.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Vita Chung is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over ten years (as of 2021) of nursing experience in Psychiatric Mental Health. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees from the UT Health San Antonio, formerly named the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Chung completed her clinical training in a wide range of psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan and strives to provide up-to-date evidence-based treatment options.
(281) 214-8218 View (281) 214-8218
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Amareiss Mental Healthcare Group, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459  (Online Only)
Do You Want A Balanced Life? Guess What - You are on the right path! My Name is Mary Adeoye, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I welcome you to Amareiss Mental Healthcare Group. "A Path To Balanced Life"
Do You Want A Balanced Life? Guess What - You are on the right path! My Name is Mary Adeoye, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I welcome you to Amareiss Mental Healthcare Group. "A Path To Balanced Life"
(346) 810-6964 View (346) 810-6964
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Sherry Grogan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459
I have expertise in diagnosing and treating people who are struggling with mood disorders, life transitions, relationship challenges, work and academic issues, in the context of underlying mental health issues. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Master Psychopharmacologist with more than 12 years experience in the field. My practice combines the best of psychiatric medical and nursing care. Most of my patients have anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, or ADHD. My patients collaborate to find the best treatment plan to move forward with life in a healthy, more satisfied way.
I have expertise in diagnosing and treating people who are struggling with mood disorders, life transitions, relationship challenges, work and academic issues, in the context of underlying mental health issues. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Master Psychopharmacologist with more than 12 years experience in the field. My practice combines the best of psychiatric medical and nursing care. Most of my patients have anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, or ADHD. My patients collaborate to find the best treatment plan to move forward with life in a healthy, more satisfied way.
(832) 536-8703 View (832) 536-8703
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Fahd Rawra @ Tp Health Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459
Greetings! I'm Dr. Fahd Rawra, MD, a seasoned Psychiatry Specialist practicing in Riverstone, TX, with over two decades of experience in the field of mental health. I earned my medical degree from Dow Medical College Karachi in 2003 and have since been on a fulfilling journey dedicated to psychiatry. My commitment to excellence led me to the University of Texas, Houston, where I completed my Internship in 2008 and Residency in 2011, further enriching my skills and knowledge. I take pride in achieving Board Certification in Psychiatry, a testament to my dedication to providing top-notch care.
Greetings! I'm Dr. Fahd Rawra, MD, a seasoned Psychiatry Specialist practicing in Riverstone, TX, with over two decades of experience in the field of mental health. I earned my medical degree from Dow Medical College Karachi in 2003 and have since been on a fulfilling journey dedicated to psychiatry. My commitment to excellence led me to the University of Texas, Houston, where I completed my Internship in 2008 and Residency in 2011, further enriching my skills and knowledge. I take pride in achieving Board Certification in Psychiatry, a testament to my dedication to providing top-notch care.
(832) 916-2677 View (832) 916-2677
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Mark Lidasan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I believed in integrated mental health care to optimize your mental health. I accept clients with psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan and used evidence-based in the management of care. I am compassionate to help you and continually seek the best treatment available. We listen and utilize holistic approaches to provide mental health and wellness.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I believed in integrated mental health care to optimize your mental health. I accept clients with psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan and used evidence-based in the management of care. I am compassionate to help you and continually seek the best treatment available. We listen and utilize holistic approaches to provide mental health and wellness.
(281) 626-5858 View (281) 626-5858
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Lynka Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459  (Online Only)
No need to leave home, I offer appointment by video. My nursing career began as a Naval Nurse Corps officer, caring for mentally ill military members, this is where my interest began. I obtained a PMHNP degree. I treat all psychiatric/mental health conditions & can prescribe medications. We will work as a team to find the best treatment options for you. Please visit my site for answers to your questions.
No need to leave home, I offer appointment by video. My nursing career began as a Naval Nurse Corps officer, caring for mentally ill military members, this is where my interest began. I obtained a PMHNP degree. I treat all psychiatric/mental health conditions & can prescribe medications. We will work as a team to find the best treatment options for you. Please visit my site for answers to your questions.
(832) 906-8640 View (832) 906-8640
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Sandrine Ntsang @ Tp Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
Hello, I'm Sandrine Motokwa Ntsang, a compassionate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Originally from Cameroon, I began my nursing career in Italy, specializing in neurosurgery, psychiatry, geriatrics, home health, and wound care. With three years in the ICU, I pursued and earned my MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health NP from Walden University in January 2023. Committed to personalized patient care, I collaborate with healthcare experts for comprehensive solutions. Beyond mental health, I provide medical and oncological nursing assistance. Join me on this journey toward holistic well-being.
Hello, I'm Sandrine Motokwa Ntsang, a compassionate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Originally from Cameroon, I began my nursing career in Italy, specializing in neurosurgery, psychiatry, geriatrics, home health, and wound care. With three years in the ICU, I pursued and earned my MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health NP from Walden University in January 2023. Committed to personalized patient care, I collaborate with healthcare experts for comprehensive solutions. Beyond mental health, I provide medical and oncological nursing assistance. Join me on this journey toward holistic well-being.
(832) 916-2677 View (832) 916-2677
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(832) 743-2505 View (832) 743-2505
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(737) 727-2617 View (737) 727-2617
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Shalita Clark @ Tp Health Incorporated
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a clinical career managing the care of individuals with mental health disorders. I have experience with all ages and specialize in depression and other mood disorders, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and adjustment disorders. I provide extensive psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacological treatment initiation and medication management.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a clinical career managing the care of individuals with mental health disorders. I have experience with all ages and specialize in depression and other mood disorders, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and adjustment disorders. I provide extensive psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacological treatment initiation and medication management.
(832) 916-2677 View (832) 916-2677
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Stephanie Sim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
As a psychiatrist, I use both medications and/or therapy to provide compassionate and personalized care to help individuals in personal growth and to live more satisfying lives. In working with individuals, I strive for recovery of illness, and not just improvement in symptoms.
As a psychiatrist, I use both medications and/or therapy to provide compassionate and personalized care to help individuals in personal growth and to live more satisfying lives. In working with individuals, I strive for recovery of illness, and not just improvement in symptoms.
(832) 377-7999 View (832) 377-7999
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John Bouras
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 21 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling, Social Anxiety Disorder. I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of clinical experience in diverse clinical settings. For patients who are experiencing treatment resistant depression, we now have TMS in the office! Please contact us to see if you qualify for this advanced treatment.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 21 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling, Social Anxiety Disorder. I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of clinical experience in diverse clinical settings. For patients who are experiencing treatment resistant depression, we now have TMS in the office! Please contact us to see if you qualify for this advanced treatment.
(832) 990-8282 View (832) 990-8282
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Esther Morgan Nkwanyuo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, , BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459
Esther Morgan N, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP, BC. An experienced national board certified provider. Helping patients and their families navigate the difficulty associated with Mental health. I provide quality and cost affordable care to all my clients On the first encounter I collect information’s from the client and start to build a therapeutic relationship with the client. Giving each of my client an opportunity to know me, gain trust and answer any questions or doubts one might have concerning their mental health. I will create a new plan in collaboration with the client. A plan that is feasible, effective, and affordable for them.
Esther Morgan N, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP, BC. An experienced national board certified provider. Helping patients and their families navigate the difficulty associated with Mental health. I provide quality and cost affordable care to all my clients On the first encounter I collect information’s from the client and start to build a therapeutic relationship with the client. Giving each of my client an opportunity to know me, gain trust and answer any questions or doubts one might have concerning their mental health. I will create a new plan in collaboration with the client. A plan that is feasible, effective, and affordable for them.
(281) 475-4218 View (281) 475-4218
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Blossom Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, HELEN, ARIWODO, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459  (Online Only)
My name is Helen, and I have 5 years of experience working in a psychiatric mental health hospital. I have worked with different hospitals in Texas and with different age groups from adolescents to geriatrics. I am very passionate about the mental health state and well-being of my patients and most especially the safety of my patients is very paramount to me. I hold a degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified here in Texas.
My name is Helen, and I have 5 years of experience working in a psychiatric mental health hospital. I have worked with different hospitals in Texas and with different age groups from adolescents to geriatrics. I am very passionate about the mental health state and well-being of my patients and most especially the safety of my patients is very paramount to me. I hold a degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified here in Texas.
(346) 472-2734 View (346) 472-2734
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Aishwarya Raju
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459
I treat a variety of patients that include ages 5 and up and all socioeconomic ranges. I aim to provide my patients with whatever they may need through my outpatient programs.
I treat a variety of patients that include ages 5 and up and all socioeconomic ranges. I aim to provide my patients with whatever they may need through my outpatient programs.
(832) 261-9289 View (832) 261-9289

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 77459

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 77459 who prioritize treating:

95% Bipolar Disorder
92% Depression
92% Anxiety
71% Trauma and PTSD
63% ADHD
63% Medication Management
53% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
86% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 77459 see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 77459?

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.