Psychiatrists in 77479

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Ifeoluwa Ihaza - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Ife Ihaza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health. She is dedicated and patient-focused with proven strengths in acute and primary patient care, research, and patient advocacy. Ife is known for her exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and for her ability to manage competing priorities while maintaining accurate and efficient documentation. She holds a BSN from Shenandoah University and an MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston.
Ife Ihaza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health. She is dedicated and patient-focused with proven strengths in acute and primary patient care, research, and patient advocacy. Ife is known for her exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and for her ability to manage competing priorities while maintaining accurate and efficient documentation. She holds a BSN from Shenandoah University and an MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston.
(832) 345-1904 View (832) 345-1904
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
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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Turning Point Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Dr. Lisa Ghiloni is the founder and owner of Turning Point Psychiatry. Dr. Ghiloni offers a full menu of psychiatric services including psychotherapy, medication management, cognitive testing, and DNA genetic testing for psychiatric and depression medication. Psychiatric services are provided to patients of all ages. Dr. Ghiloni takes great pride in her psychiatric practice. She holds a doctorate in education, master’s in nursing, and is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has 27 years of mental health experience of all ages. She is a member of the American Nurses Association.
Dr. Lisa Ghiloni is the founder and owner of Turning Point Psychiatry. Dr. Ghiloni offers a full menu of psychiatric services including psychotherapy, medication management, cognitive testing, and DNA genetic testing for psychiatric and depression medication. Psychiatric services are provided to patients of all ages. Dr. Ghiloni takes great pride in her psychiatric practice. She holds a doctorate in education, master’s in nursing, and is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has 27 years of mental health experience of all ages. She is a member of the American Nurses Association.
(832) 261-7526 View (832) 261-7526
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Sugar Land
Psychiatrist, PhD, MD
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
If you are suffering from medication-resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult to go through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
If you are suffering from medication-resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult to go through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
(832) 543-8202 View (832) 543-8202
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Mudassar Tariq
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Our society has been historically more sensitive to physical impairments than emotional ones. If others cannot see your struggle, it doesn't mean that these symptoms don't exist. If you feel these symptoms, they are real to you, and will continue to impair your quality of life. You could be living as more happy, confident and successful person if these symptoms get treated. It is my passion to help my patients live to their true potential. I try my best to develop a good rapport with my patients and to get them to trust me. It is this trust and relationship that then heals.
Our society has been historically more sensitive to physical impairments than emotional ones. If others cannot see your struggle, it doesn't mean that these symptoms don't exist. If you feel these symptoms, they are real to you, and will continue to impair your quality of life. You could be living as more happy, confident and successful person if these symptoms get treated. It is my passion to help my patients live to their true potential. I try my best to develop a good rapport with my patients and to get them to trust me. It is this trust and relationship that then heals.
(832) 981-3288 View (832) 981-3288
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Dr Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Dr. Randall McIntyre has been practicing Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in the Austin area for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA- biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School-Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residencies in General and Child Psychiatry at UTHSC-Houston. He is doubly Boarded in Child and Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Randall McIntyre has been practicing Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in the Austin area for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA- biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School-Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residencies in General and Child Psychiatry at UTHSC-Houston. He is doubly Boarded in Child and Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(832) 772-2178 View (832) 772-2178
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Ohana Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Welcome! I'm Kourtney Tapnio, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a deep-seated commitment to providing holistic and empathetic care in the realm of mental health. With years of experience in the field, I specialize in devising comprehensive treatment plans that address the individual needs of my patients, ensuring a balanced approach to mental wellness. My practice is built on the cornerstone of compassion and the relentless pursuit of understanding the unique challenges faced by each person I have the privilege to work with.
Welcome! I'm Kourtney Tapnio, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a deep-seated commitment to providing holistic and empathetic care in the realm of mental health. With years of experience in the field, I specialize in devising comprehensive treatment plans that address the individual needs of my patients, ensuring a balanced approach to mental wellness. My practice is built on the cornerstone of compassion and the relentless pursuit of understanding the unique challenges faced by each person I have the privilege to work with.
(346) 239-8809 View (346) 239-8809
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Dr Yahya Saeed - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
(832) 734-9134 View (832) 734-9134
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
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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Pulcharia Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
If you are an individual who is privately suffering from mental health illness or a loved one who is privately suffering with them, there is help for you. At Tandem Psychiatric and Family Practice, the focus is to integrate the most current and accurate treatment along with psychotherapy that centers on aiding the individual to feel whole again. I come from a Christian background and I firmly believe that every human being has the dignity of God, which comes with a purpose in life. This is the premise from which I approach treatment, so that hopefully every client can be given the means to reach their God given potential.
If you are an individual who is privately suffering from mental health illness or a loved one who is privately suffering with them, there is help for you. At Tandem Psychiatric and Family Practice, the focus is to integrate the most current and accurate treatment along with psychotherapy that centers on aiding the individual to feel whole again. I come from a Christian background and I firmly believe that every human being has the dignity of God, which comes with a purpose in life. This is the premise from which I approach treatment, so that hopefully every client can be given the means to reach their God given potential.
(713) 581-6792 View (713) 581-6792
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Alina Naik - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Alina Naik, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, specializing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alina is passionate about equity and treats every client with empathy and understanding. Her approach to treatment utilizes culturally-competent, patient-centered care to promote optimal healing.
Alina Naik, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, specializing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alina is passionate about equity and treats every client with empathy and understanding. Her approach to treatment utilizes culturally-competent, patient-centered care to promote optimal healing.
(832) 536-6494 View (832) 536-6494
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Nelly Okere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Accepting NEW clients( children, teens, and adults). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, over eating, and depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, symptoms of autism disorder and bipolar disorder. Call now for a consultation.
Accepting NEW clients( children, teens, and adults). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, over eating, and depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, symptoms of autism disorder and bipolar disorder. Call now for a consultation.
(713) 955-6469 View (713) 955-6469
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Shaterria Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
As a provider i strive to help You attain the goals you feel are realistic. Not only do i provide medication during my sessions, but i take time out to actually check on my patients well being. This means seeing how life is treating you.My sessions are never rushed and i am able to go beyond the "15min medication follow up " if needed. As your provider my first question to you is how do you want me to help you, this is vital in our patient-provider relationship because i never seek to impose my thoughts or opinions.
As a provider i strive to help You attain the goals you feel are realistic. Not only do i provide medication during my sessions, but i take time out to actually check on my patients well being. This means seeing how life is treating you.My sessions are never rushed and i am able to go beyond the "15min medication follow up " if needed. As your provider my first question to you is how do you want me to help you, this is vital in our patient-provider relationship because i never seek to impose my thoughts or opinions.
(832) 981-1725 View (832) 981-1725
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Mohammad Ashfaque
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
At One Behavioral, we treat a variety of patients that include all age ranges and all socioeconomic ranges. Between our six locations, our psychiatrists, counselors and psychologists aim to provide our patients to compassionate and judgement free care they need through advanced technology and treatment.
At One Behavioral, we treat a variety of patients that include all age ranges and all socioeconomic ranges. Between our six locations, our psychiatrists, counselors and psychologists aim to provide our patients to compassionate and judgement free care they need through advanced technology and treatment.
(346) 239-8449 x1 View (346) 239-8449 x1
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Dr Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
(832) 979-7049 View (832) 979-7049
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Muna Iheonunekwu Accepting New Patients
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
We are specialists for psychiatry medications. Call us now to schedule an appointment. No waiting list. We care for you and your family. Call Lifeline Medical Center. Let us help you.
We are specialists for psychiatry medications. Call us now to schedule an appointment. No waiting list. We care for you and your family. Call Lifeline Medical Center. Let us help you.
(480) 573-7898 View (480) 573-7898
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Charlotte Amorin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479  (Online Only)
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Family Nurse practitioner.
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Family Nurse practitioner.
(832) 827-8825 View (832) 827-8825
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Sherry Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
You do not need to feel ashamed when you are mentally ill. Mental health is connected to various aspects of a person's life, including physical health, relationships, work, and more. Do not hesitate to see a psychiatric specialist when you need help. Let's work it out together.
You do not need to feel ashamed when you are mentally ill. Mental health is connected to various aspects of a person's life, including physical health, relationships, work, and more. Do not hesitate to see a psychiatric specialist when you need help. Let's work it out together.
(832) 979-5278 View (832) 979-5278
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Dr. Emily Y. Wu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Emily Wu is a Harvard-trained M.D. Psychiatrist. She is Double Board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She is licensed to practice in Texas. She completed a two-year advanced fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital through Harvard Medical School. She did her residency in Adult Psychiatry at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. She obtained her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Emily Wu is a Harvard-trained M.D. Psychiatrist. She is Double Board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She is licensed to practice in Texas. She completed a two-year advanced fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital through Harvard Medical School. She did her residency in Adult Psychiatry at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. She obtained her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude.
(832) 219-7782 View (832) 219-7782
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Mutiat Olawunmi Accepting New Patients-No Waiting List!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
All clients accepted. Helping everyone is what Lifeline Medical Center is all about. Our hearts care for all. Call today to schedule with us.
All clients accepted. Helping everyone is what Lifeline Medical Center is all about. Our hearts care for all. Call today to schedule with us.
(832) 979-8722 View (832) 979-8722

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 77479

40+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 77479 who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD
65% Sleep or Insomnia
65% Medication Management
61% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% BlueCross and BlueShield
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
83% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 77479 see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 77479?

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.