Psychiatrists in 92590

Photo of Bill Thornton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Bill Thornton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Bill is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who helps adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorder.
Bill is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who helps adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorder.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Kenneth Saldua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Kenneth and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have extensive experience treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and psychosis as well as personal experience with mental health challenges. I believe that building a strong foundation of trust between clinician and client is crucial and that combining a humanitarian approach with evidence-based practice leads to better outcomes. My goal is to provide safe, comprehensive, and goal-oriented clinical care.
Hello, my name is Kenneth and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have extensive experience treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and psychosis as well as personal experience with mental health challenges. I believe that building a strong foundation of trust between clinician and client is crucial and that combining a humanitarian approach with evidence-based practice leads to better outcomes. My goal is to provide safe, comprehensive, and goal-oriented clinical care.
(951) 467-4146 View (951) 467-4146
Photo of Elaine Dresbach, Psychiatrist in 92590, CA
Elaine Dresbach
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590  (Online Only)
I have experience treating a variety of mood/anxiety disorders including depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, Generalized anxiety disorder, and other disorders with success. Symptoms are reviewed in detail for the appropriate treatment options.
I have experience treating a variety of mood/anxiety disorders including depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, Generalized anxiety disorder, and other disorders with success. Symptoms are reviewed in detail for the appropriate treatment options.
(760) 253-9066 View (760) 253-9066
Photo of Fellista Anugom, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Fellista Anugom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Now Accepting New Patient! Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others, reach out to me, a certified mental health specialist with a clear understanding and knowledge of what you're going through and will actively listen to you. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Call me to schedule an appointment today.
Now Accepting New Patient! Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others, reach out to me, a certified mental health specialist with a clear understanding and knowledge of what you're going through and will actively listen to you. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Call me to schedule an appointment today.
(951) 438-7746 View (951) 438-7746
Photo of Angelika Rodriguez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Angelika Rodriguez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Angelika helps children, adolescents, adults, and pregnant women with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and women’s mental health. She also helps with mood and sleep-related disorders. Angelika’s treatment modalities can include a comprehensive evaluation of biological, environmental and psychosocial factors, psychoeducation, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and coaching techniques, motivational interviewing, and lab work.
Angelika helps children, adolescents, adults, and pregnant women with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and women’s mental health. She also helps with mood and sleep-related disorders. Angelika’s treatment modalities can include a comprehensive evaluation of biological, environmental and psychosocial factors, psychoeducation, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and coaching techniques, motivational interviewing, and lab work.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Timothy A Murphy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Timothy Murphy is passionate about educating and advocating for improved mental health care for all citizens. Dr. Murphy specializes in children, adolescents, adults, and seniors suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. He provides diagnostic evaluations and received training in psychopharmacology. Dr. Murphy encourages exercise as a method of treatment because its positive effects on physical and mental health.
Timothy Murphy is passionate about educating and advocating for improved mental health care for all citizens. Dr. Murphy specializes in children, adolescents, adults, and seniors suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. He provides diagnostic evaluations and received training in psychopharmacology. Dr. Murphy encourages exercise as a method of treatment because its positive effects on physical and mental health.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Gretel Mendoza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
I'm a strong believer in the recovery model of mental health care, where the focus is on the person, rather than the symptoms; and strive to provide evidence-based, compassionate and holistic mental health care.
I'm a strong believer in the recovery model of mental health care, where the focus is on the person, rather than the symptoms; and strive to provide evidence-based, compassionate and holistic mental health care.
(951) 944-1729 View (951) 944-1729
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The Mindful Lemon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness and fitness or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness and fitness or any combination of the above.
(661) 338-5530 View (661) 338-5530
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) 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 (Telepsychiatry) 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
(619) 841-2133 View (619) 841-2133
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) 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: 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 (Telepsychiatry) 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: pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(888) 909-8676 View (888) 909-8676
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
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
(858) 302-4113 View (858) 302-4113
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
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
(619) 724-4551 View (619) 724-4551
Photo of Reri Uku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Reri Uku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
(858) 923-5312 View (858) 923-5312
Photo of Penny Greaves, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Temecula, CA 92590  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master 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 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 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 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.
(619) 730-7945 View (619) 730-7945
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) 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 (Telepsychiatry) 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
(619) 514-3382 View (619) 514-3382
Photo of The Focus Doc, Psychiatrist in 92590, CA
The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Temecula, CA 92590
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
(951) 223-7096 View (951) 223-7096
Photo of Sandra Cox, Psychiatrist in 92590, CA
Sandra Cox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Dr. Sandra Cox is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 1996. She has a BA in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia, a Doctorate in Medicine from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and completed her Residency in Psychiatry at University of Colorado. Dr. Cox has extensive experience in treating patients with all types of psychiatric issues, from the mildest to the most severe. Dr. Cox is sensitive to her patients' needs to be heard and understood and always explains to them the reasoning behind whatever treatment she is recommending.
Dr. Sandra Cox is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 1996. She has a BA in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia, a Doctorate in Medicine from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and completed her Residency in Psychiatry at University of Colorado. Dr. Cox has extensive experience in treating patients with all types of psychiatric issues, from the mildest to the most severe. Dr. Cox is sensitive to her patients' needs to be heard and understood and always explains to them the reasoning behind whatever treatment she is recommending.
(951) 904-3049 View (951) 904-3049
Photo of Catvy Nguyen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Catvy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Catvy Nguyen takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
Catvy Nguyen takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
(714) 627-4057 View (714) 627-4057
Photo of Cecilia Iacoviello, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Cecilia Iacoviello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Cecilia Iacoviello is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Psychiatric Mental Health from UMass Global University. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner from Graceland University. Dr. Iacoviello has experience with acute and chronic mental health issues. Dr. Iacoviello believes the patient is at the center of care and strives to collaborate with other professionals to impart the best possible outcome for her clients.
Cecilia Iacoviello is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Psychiatric Mental Health from UMass Global University. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner from Graceland University. Dr. Iacoviello has experience with acute and chronic mental health issues. Dr. Iacoviello believes the patient is at the center of care and strives to collaborate with other professionals to impart the best possible outcome for her clients.
(909) 487-1759 View (909) 487-1759
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92590, CA
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) 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 (Telepsychiatry) 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
(619) 432-4984 View (619) 432-4984

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 92590

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 92590 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
92% Medication Management
84% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
76% Depression
76% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Aetna
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 92590 see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 92590?

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.