Psychiatrists in 78746

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Shelly Riley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Welcome! Dr. Riley is board certified in both child and adolescent and adult psychiatry. She provides psychopharmacology for patients in Austin, Texas. She completed medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1999 and completed her residency and fellowship at The University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2004. She has been in practice in Austin, Texas since 2004. To find out more about her practice, please visit her website.
Welcome! Dr. Riley is board certified in both child and adolescent and adult psychiatry. She provides psychopharmacology for patients in Austin, Texas. She completed medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1999 and completed her residency and fellowship at The University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2004. She has been in practice in Austin, Texas since 2004. To find out more about her practice, please visit her website.
(512) 572-9408 View (512) 572-9408
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Cynthia Playfair
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I’ve been working in psychiatry for over 30 years. I love what I do. In addition to prescribing medication, I provide psychotherapy and psychoanalytic treatment. As a board-certified psychoanalyst, I also provide treatment and consultation to other mental health professionals. I treat the whole person, individualizing different theories and techniques. I believe many new therapies are shiny re-inventions of tried-and-true effective approaches.
I’ve been working in psychiatry for over 30 years. I love what I do. In addition to prescribing medication, I provide psychotherapy and psychoanalytic treatment. As a board-certified psychoanalyst, I also provide treatment and consultation to other mental health professionals. I treat the whole person, individualizing different theories and techniques. I believe many new therapies are shiny re-inventions of tried-and-true effective approaches.
(737) 252-8586 View (737) 252-8586
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Michael Alan Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist practicing in West Lake Hills, Texas. In my office, or through telepsychiatry, I treat adults, adolescents, couples and families using a broad variety of methods and techniques, and, most importantly, an empathic and non-judgmental approach. My practice is collaborative, person-centered and holistic. Working with you, I will provide psychotherapy and, when appropriate, medication management. I will take the time and strive with you to develop a plan tailored to your individual needs and wishes and to provide the best solution and the best result.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist practicing in West Lake Hills, Texas. In my office, or through telepsychiatry, I treat adults, adolescents, couples and families using a broad variety of methods and techniques, and, most importantly, an empathic and non-judgmental approach. My practice is collaborative, person-centered and holistic. Working with you, I will provide psychotherapy and, when appropriate, medication management. I will take the time and strive with you to develop a plan tailored to your individual needs and wishes and to provide the best solution and the best result.
(844) 909-1693 View (844) 909-1693
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Justin Scaffa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I am looking for those people who don't understand why they feel the way they do because one of my greatest pleasures is to help you find answers and the steps to get better. I enjoy teaching my patients and can often make the complex disorders understandable. I like to empower my patients to choose the best treatments for them. I have experience with the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders and schizophrenia. I am up to date on the latest treatments but I also love when I can help people off of their medications for good.
I am looking for those people who don't understand why they feel the way they do because one of my greatest pleasures is to help you find answers and the steps to get better. I enjoy teaching my patients and can often make the complex disorders understandable. I like to empower my patients to choose the best treatments for them. I have experience with the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders and schizophrenia. I am up to date on the latest treatments but I also love when I can help people off of their medications for good.
(512) 229-9406 View (512) 229-9406
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Mona Adamaszek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
You have to be your own best advocate, no one is going to do the work for you. It is my goal to meet you where you are and to start delivering comprehensive care from there. I engage in a client centered yet evidence based practice approach. I believe in helping and working beside you to create a treatment plan that empowers you to become the best version of yourself in the season you are in. My intention is to support your growth toward living a healthier more authentic and fulfilling life.
You have to be your own best advocate, no one is going to do the work for you. It is my goal to meet you where you are and to start delivering comprehensive care from there. I engage in a client centered yet evidence based practice approach. I believe in helping and working beside you to create a treatment plan that empowers you to become the best version of yourself in the season you are in. My intention is to support your growth toward living a healthier more authentic and fulfilling life.
(512) 434-0117 View (512) 434-0117
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Diem Pham
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I believe in patient-centered, individualized, & holistic approaches to one's well-being. I will take my time in assessing your mental, physical, environmental and spiritual needs. I encourage utilizing physical activity, nutrition, and social connectedness in addition to conventional treatments such as medication management or psychotherapy. My hope is to help you identify your strengths and challenges to create a roadmap in establishing customized goals and treatment plan.
Board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I believe in patient-centered, individualized, & holistic approaches to one's well-being. I will take my time in assessing your mental, physical, environmental and spiritual needs. I encourage utilizing physical activity, nutrition, and social connectedness in addition to conventional treatments such as medication management or psychotherapy. My hope is to help you identify your strengths and challenges to create a roadmap in establishing customized goals and treatment plan.
(737) 530-8559 View (737) 530-8559
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Dr Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
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.
(737) 777-9743 View (737) 777-9743
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Adrienne DiRaddo Feehan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PHMNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Adrienne works with a wide range of mental health issues and practices trauma-informed care to fully support her patients in moving through challenges at a safe, effective pace. She approaches treatment holistically, believing that medication is only one aspect of person-centered care. She incorporates current alternative therapies that are evidence-based, focusing on complementary practices such as meditation, exercise, nutrition, lifestyle modifications, supplements, and coordinating care with psychotherapists. To achieve this, she works collaboratively with therapists, clinicians, families, and healthcare providers.
Adrienne works with a wide range of mental health issues and practices trauma-informed care to fully support her patients in moving through challenges at a safe, effective pace. She approaches treatment holistically, believing that medication is only one aspect of person-centered care. She incorporates current alternative therapies that are evidence-based, focusing on complementary practices such as meditation, exercise, nutrition, lifestyle modifications, supplements, and coordinating care with psychotherapists. To achieve this, she works collaboratively with therapists, clinicians, families, and healthcare providers.
(737) 204-8006 View (737) 204-8006
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Frederic J Wilson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
Dr. Frederic Wilson is a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatry for all ages. Dr. Wilson utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of his patients incorporating the biological, psychological, and social aspects of their lives. Dr. Wilson is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Frederic Wilson is a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatry for all ages. Dr. Wilson utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of his patients incorporating the biological, psychological, and social aspects of their lives. Dr. Wilson is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(512) 861-8637 View (512) 861-8637
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(972) 752-2167 View (972) 752-2167
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Dr. Andrew Wong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of all psychiatric and mental health concerns through psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work together with individuals to treat mood issues, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, psychosis, autism, and/or behavioral issues. I like to collaborate care with families, therapists, or other providers. I will work to explore various treatment options and modalities best suited to one's needs.
I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of all psychiatric and mental health concerns through psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work together with individuals to treat mood issues, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, psychosis, autism, and/or behavioral issues. I like to collaborate care with families, therapists, or other providers. I will work to explore various treatment options and modalities best suited to one's needs.
(512) 572-4268 View (512) 572-4268
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Helena Hernandez
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Helena is a board-certified physician assistant and a proud Texan. She was born in the Philippines, but came to Texas as fast as she could. She studied international studies and chemistry at Baylor University, then health IT & informatics at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in tech in Boston for three years, then returned to Austin to work on her post-baccalaureate. Helena obtained her Masters of Physician Assistant from Wichita State University in Kansas in July 2019 and was board certified on August 2019.
Helena is a board-certified physician assistant and a proud Texan. She was born in the Philippines, but came to Texas as fast as she could. She studied international studies and chemistry at Baylor University, then health IT & informatics at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in tech in Boston for three years, then returned to Austin to work on her post-baccalaureate. Helena obtained her Masters of Physician Assistant from Wichita State University in Kansas in July 2019 and was board certified on August 2019.
(682) 297-2837 View (682) 297-2837
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Pamela Dockery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rollingwood, TX 78746
I am open minded and a very good listener. I use a person centered approach as human connection is very important to me. Mental health impacts all aspects of life and I understand the vulnerability it takes to reach out for help.
I am open minded and a very good listener. I use a person centered approach as human connection is very important to me. Mental health impacts all aspects of life and I understand the vulnerability it takes to reach out for help.
(512) 768-7131 View (512) 768-7131
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Afshan A Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am a UTSW trained Adult and Child/Adolescent psychiatrist providing customized treatment based on individual needs. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. I specialize in diagnosing and treating depression, mood problems, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and behavioral issues associated with cognitive and developmental delays and other psychiatric illnesses. I am well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), family therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy (insight-oriented psychotherapy). I'm board certified (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
I am a UTSW trained Adult and Child/Adolescent psychiatrist providing customized treatment based on individual needs. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. I specialize in diagnosing and treating depression, mood problems, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and behavioral issues associated with cognitive and developmental delays and other psychiatric illnesses. I am well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), family therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy (insight-oriented psychotherapy). I'm board certified (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
(512) 357-7616 View (512) 357-7616
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Lejla Medic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rollingwood, TX 78746
Mental health, happiness, and healing is attainable for everyone. By building a genuine connection with my clients, we create a treatment plan together to address their unique needs. My focus is on holistic, integrative care through the use of medications, psychotherapy, and promoting healthy lifestyle shifts. I strive to create an inclusive, safe environment for all.
Mental health, happiness, and healing is attainable for everyone. By building a genuine connection with my clients, we create a treatment plan together to address their unique needs. My focus is on holistic, integrative care through the use of medications, psychotherapy, and promoting healthy lifestyle shifts. I strive to create an inclusive, safe environment for all.
(512) 270-1105 View (512) 270-1105
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Princess Uzoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 3 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Psychosis. I began my career in mental health over four years ago caring for children, adolescents, and adults. Over time, I've gained the knowledge, skills, and expertise that now enable me to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders appropriately.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 3 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Psychosis. I began my career in mental health over four years ago caring for children, adolescents, and adults. Over time, I've gained the knowledge, skills, and expertise that now enable me to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders appropriately.
(512) 882-4932 View (512) 882-4932
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Alyssa Valdez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Alyssa Valdez (pronounced uh-lee-suh) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in the state of Texas. She is licensed to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and diagnoses, psychotropic medication management, and psychotherapy. Alyssa focuses on in-depth mental health assessments, integrative psychiatric consults and treatment, and prescribing medication as necessary.
Alyssa Valdez (pronounced uh-lee-suh) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in the state of Texas. She is licensed to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and diagnoses, psychotropic medication management, and psychotherapy. Alyssa focuses on in-depth mental health assessments, integrative psychiatric consults and treatment, and prescribing medication as necessary.
(512) 967-0045 View (512) 967-0045
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Robin May-Davis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Welcome! I am committed to comprehensive mental health care. I work collaboratively with each individual to customized the goals and interventions of those I serve. I am ready to devote my time, training, and attention to optimize your plan. As a psychiatrist, I use a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and therapies for treatment and often collaborate with outside providers. I began my post-graduate education at Occidental College, where I was honored Phi Beta Kappa with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology. I then moved on to earn my Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School.
Welcome! I am committed to comprehensive mental health care. I work collaboratively with each individual to customized the goals and interventions of those I serve. I am ready to devote my time, training, and attention to optimize your plan. As a psychiatrist, I use a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and therapies for treatment and often collaborate with outside providers. I began my post-graduate education at Occidental College, where I was honored Phi Beta Kappa with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology. I then moved on to earn my Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School.
(512) 865-6717 View (512) 865-6717
Photo of Shannon Skolaut, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 78746, TX
Shannon Skolaut
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Go to centerforgreenpsychiatry.com/shannonskolaut to book directly! Currently accepting new patients with immediate openings - Shannon Skolaut is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic and humanistic approach to healthcare. Shannon believes that the body and mind must be treated together as one. She encompasses an approach toward wellness that must be individualized, and each person must be treated based off their individual strengths, abilities, and treatment goals. Shannon embraces an empathetic, compassionate, non-discriminatory, and culturally centered approach to medicine and care.
Go to centerforgreenpsychiatry.com/shannonskolaut to book directly! Currently accepting new patients with immediate openings - Shannon Skolaut is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic and humanistic approach to healthcare. Shannon believes that the body and mind must be treated together as one. She encompasses an approach toward wellness that must be individualized, and each person must be treated based off their individual strengths, abilities, and treatment goals. Shannon embraces an empathetic, compassionate, non-discriminatory, and culturally centered approach to medicine and care.
(737) 234-7884 View (737) 234-7884
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Leonard Weiss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Dr. Weiss believes in meeting people where they are and custom-tailoring a plan to meet their specific concerns. He works with each individual and their family members as well as other medical treatment providers to create a plan that meets their needs. For some, this may include medication management whereas others require psychotherapy and finally certain patients may do best with both.
Dr. Weiss believes in meeting people where they are and custom-tailoring a plan to meet their specific concerns. He works with each individual and their family members as well as other medical treatment providers to create a plan that meets their needs. For some, this may include medication management whereas others require psychotherapy and finally certain patients may do best with both.
(512) 872-5591 View (512) 872-5591

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 78746

90+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 78746 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
81% Bipolar Disorder
77% Trauma and PTSD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% ADHD
69% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
81% Aetna
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 78746 see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
32% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 78746?

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.