Psychiatrists in 92408

Photo of Jonathan Allotey, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Bernardino, CA 92408  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(909) 572-8212 View (909) 572-8212
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(951) 476-2117 View (951) 476-2117
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Veracity Psychiatry Solutions Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Accepting New Patients. Are you struggling with depression? Are you struggling with anxiety? Do you feel unheard? At Veracity Psychiatry Solutions, we value every individual who comes. Sincere attention is given to help understand your mental health needs. Your provider will walk beside you throughout your mental health journey. Contact us today for you and your family's mental health needs. Veracity Psychiatry Solutions team member will contact you within 48-hours.
Accepting New Patients. Are you struggling with depression? Are you struggling with anxiety? Do you feel unheard? At Veracity Psychiatry Solutions, we value every individual who comes. Sincere attention is given to help understand your mental health needs. Your provider will walk beside you throughout your mental health journey. Contact us today for you and your family's mental health needs. Veracity Psychiatry Solutions team member will contact you within 48-hours.
(909) 479-3470 View (909) 479-3470
Photo of David Paul Suzuki, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
David Paul Suzuki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
I believe in an empathetic, whole person, and patient-centered approach, individually assessing each person to develop a unique treatment plan exclusively crafted to meet the emotional, physical and mental needs of each patient. I earned my Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University and I am Board Certified through the ANCC.
I believe in an empathetic, whole person, and patient-centered approach, individually assessing each person to develop a unique treatment plan exclusively crafted to meet the emotional, physical and mental needs of each patient. I earned my Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University and I am Board Certified through the ANCC.
(909) 351-5926 View (909) 351-5926
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Syeda Quadri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I am a General Adult Psychiatrist. I trained in psychiatry at KU School of Medicine in Wichita, KS. I also trained in psychiatry in UK prior to joining residency in the United States. I was associate chief resident and chief resident during my residency years at KU. I have over 10 years of experience caring for patients with various psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, PTSD and ADHD.
I am a General Adult Psychiatrist. I trained in psychiatry at KU School of Medicine in Wichita, KS. I also trained in psychiatry in UK prior to joining residency in the United States. I was associate chief resident and chief resident during my residency years at KU. I have over 10 years of experience caring for patients with various psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, PTSD and ADHD.
(951) 904-2280 View (951) 904-2280
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Lynda Akoto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I am an advocate for individuals with long standing histories of mental illness as well as those who are newly diagnosed. My goal is to work together with the patient experiencing psychotic and or mood disorders by introducing them to the latest and most effective evidenced treatment modalities available to them as well as using modalities that they believe in and have worked for them. I want my patient to be able to function as an integral member of society and their family. I have been a nurse for over 18 years working in the emergency room, hospice, and mental health.
I am an advocate for individuals with long standing histories of mental illness as well as those who are newly diagnosed. My goal is to work together with the patient experiencing psychotic and or mood disorders by introducing them to the latest and most effective evidenced treatment modalities available to them as well as using modalities that they believe in and have worked for them. I want my patient to be able to function as an integral member of society and their family. I have been a nurse for over 18 years working in the emergency room, hospice, and mental health.
(424) 368-9303 View (424) 368-9303
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Tracy Dawes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DrPH, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Hi there, congratulations on your first step to wellness. You may be here seeking help for anxiety, depression, alcohol disorders, family issues, or other conditions that require therapy and/or medications. Appropriate mental health care is your right and I aim to deliver it utilizing a person-centered care model. Whether this means initiating medications to manage your mental health or initiating therapy, I can assist you in making the best choice for you.
Hi there, congratulations on your first step to wellness. You may be here seeking help for anxiety, depression, alcohol disorders, family issues, or other conditions that require therapy and/or medications. Appropriate mental health care is your right and I aim to deliver it utilizing a person-centered care model. Whether this means initiating medications to manage your mental health or initiating therapy, I can assist you in making the best choice for you.
(909) 500-4159 View (909) 500-4159
Photo of Leah Haddad, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(951) 494-2684 View (951) 494-2684
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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Bernardino, CA 92408  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
(909) 764-3420 View (909) 764-3420
Photo of Phebee William - Pw Psych NP Services Pllc, MA, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Pw Psych NP Services Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Bernardino, CA 92408  (Online Only)
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(909) 245-7678 View (909) 245-7678
Photo of Joecoline Nwachukwu, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joecoline Nwachukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hi there, I'm Joecolin. Are you overwhelmed with emotional and mental health issues?
Hi there, I'm Joecolin. Are you overwhelmed with emotional and mental health issues?
(858) 768-8573 View (858) 768-8573
Photo of David Ha, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
David Ha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(909) 281-7303 View (909) 281-7303
Photo of Randall Bailey, MD, Psychiatrist
Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Bernardino, CA 92408  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 396-1109 View (424) 396-1109
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Inderpreet Virk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Bernardino, CA 92408  (Online Only)
Dr. Inderpreet Virk, M.D practices adult psychiatry and is board-certified with American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with advance training in Addiction Psychiatry from UCLA. He is well published in the field of psychiatry. Dr. Virk thrives to provide competent and compassionate care to his patients. Dr. Virk provides tailored based approach whether it involves medication management or psychotherapy, and he likes to develop working relationship with his patients to mutually establish best treatment plan.
Dr. Inderpreet Virk, M.D practices adult psychiatry and is board-certified with American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with advance training in Addiction Psychiatry from UCLA. He is well published in the field of psychiatry. Dr. Virk thrives to provide competent and compassionate care to his patients. Dr. Virk provides tailored based approach whether it involves medication management or psychotherapy, and he likes to develop working relationship with his patients to mutually establish best treatment plan.
(310) 515-8113 View (310) 515-8113
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WellPsyche Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Bernardino, CA 92408  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 396-0545 View (424) 396-0545
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(951) 364-2526 View (951) 364-2526
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Oluwatoyin Oladimeji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Bernardino, CA 92408  (Online Only)
Oluwatoyin Oladimeji is a provider established in Riverside, California and her medical specialization is nurse practitioner (psychiatric/mental health) with more than 2 years of experience. Dr. Oluwatoyin Oladimeji Dnp/pmhnp-bc is an experienced registered nurse with a master’s or doctoral degree and advanced clinical training.
Oluwatoyin Oladimeji is a provider established in Riverside, California and her medical specialization is nurse practitioner (psychiatric/mental health) with more than 2 years of experience. Dr. Oluwatoyin Oladimeji Dnp/pmhnp-bc is an experienced registered nurse with a master’s or doctoral degree and advanced clinical training.
(310) 515-8113 View (310) 515-8113
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Gregory McGowan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Bernardino, CA 92408  (Online Only)
Dr. Gregory McGowan is a licensed psychiatrist. He earned his medical degree from Marshall University and then completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California. Dr. McGowan currently practices at Ehab Yacoub, MD Inc. Brain Health USA and sees patients at various locations, including Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Culver City, CA.
Dr. Gregory McGowan is a licensed psychiatrist. He earned his medical degree from Marshall University and then completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California. Dr. McGowan currently practices at Ehab Yacoub, MD Inc. Brain Health USA and sees patients at various locations, including Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Culver City, CA.
(310) 515-8113 View (310) 515-8113
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Sapphire Psychiatric Medical Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Prof, MSN
Verified Verified
My goal is to restore hope to patients and families in their vulnerable moments by giving treatment with dignity, respect, and compassion at every interaction. Contributing to the stability of patients’ conditions by using tools at my disposal to conduct; assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, collaborating with multidisciplinary professionals.
My goal is to restore hope to patients and families in their vulnerable moments by giving treatment with dignity, respect, and compassion at every interaction. Contributing to the stability of patients’ conditions by using tools at my disposal to conduct; assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, collaborating with multidisciplinary professionals.
(909) 248-7973 View (909) 248-7973
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Fady Boules
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I have built my practice over the years on the “3 Cs”, Compassionate, Conservative and Collaborative Care. I strive to deliver compassionate care to ensure that my patients feel and know that they are heard. I always practice conservatively to ensure the patient is comfortable, safe and to avoid creating any substance dependency. Lastly, I believe in collaborating with my patient to ensure that they are participating in their own treatment plan.
I have built my practice over the years on the “3 Cs”, Compassionate, Conservative and Collaborative Care. I strive to deliver compassionate care to ensure that my patients feel and know that they are heard. I always practice conservatively to ensure the patient is comfortable, safe and to avoid creating any substance dependency. Lastly, I believe in collaborating with my patient to ensure that they are participating in their own treatment plan.
(909) 328-1634 View (909) 328-1634

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 92408

20+

Average cost per session

$127

Psychiatrists in 92408 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% ADHD
95% Bipolar Disorder
85% Depression
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
95% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 92408 see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Male
45% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 92408?

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.