Psychiatrists in 97201

Photo of Lauren Merrell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97201, OR
Lauren Merrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97201
I treat clients who are seeking both talk therapy and medication management. When clients receive therapy and medication management from the same provider, I find that this leads to better outcomes, less medication, and greater satisfaction in care. In our first few sessions, I'll listen to you intently and then we'll determine a path forward. Most of my clients start to feel better within a few months.
I treat clients who are seeking both talk therapy and medication management. When clients receive therapy and medication management from the same provider, I find that this leads to better outcomes, less medication, and greater satisfaction in care. In our first few sessions, I'll listen to you intently and then we'll determine a path forward. Most of my clients start to feel better within a few months.
(971) 318-1721 View (971) 318-1721
Photo of Anna Cox, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97201, OR
Anna Cox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
Now Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to reach out for help, tired of feeling overwhelmed and confused? You've come to the right place. I have years of experience helping people feel better, and getting their lives going in the right direction again.
Now Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to reach out for help, tired of feeling overwhelmed and confused? You've come to the right place. I have years of experience helping people feel better, and getting their lives going in the right direction again.
(503) 461-9883 View (503) 461-9883
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Sara Weber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97201
Sara is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Oregon. She specializes in the diagnosis & treatment of adults with mood disorders, thought disorders & ADHD. She strives to blend her expertise with a patient's mental health goals, using a combination of medication & limited psychotherapy. She has a particular interest in providing trauma informed care.
Sara is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Oregon. She specializes in the diagnosis & treatment of adults with mood disorders, thought disorders & ADHD. She strives to blend her expertise with a patient's mental health goals, using a combination of medication & limited psychotherapy. She has a particular interest in providing trauma informed care.
(971) 265-6035 View (971) 265-6035
Photo of Annie Hood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97201, OR
Annie Hood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97201
I received advanced practice training at OHSU, graduating with MSN in addition to a Psychology MA from the University of British Columbia. I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have expertise in treatments for anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosis, and medication-assisted treatments for substance use. My approach is client-centered, warm, and collaborative; employing evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic and functional interventions to support individual wellness goals.
I received advanced practice training at OHSU, graduating with MSN in addition to a Psychology MA from the University of British Columbia. I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have expertise in treatments for anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosis, and medication-assisted treatments for substance use. My approach is client-centered, warm, and collaborative; employing evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic and functional interventions to support individual wellness goals.
(503) 868-0238 View (503) 868-0238
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Tiffany McClean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97201  (Online Only)
I am board certified in psychiatry and a proud therapist with the American Alpine Association's Climbing Grief Fund and the American Avalanche Association Resilience Project. I earned a B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech and a masters in counseling at George Washington University. I worked as an LPC in eating disorders, addictions, and general psychiatry for 7 years before completing my Doctor of Nursing Practice. My doctoral project focused on cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders and the relationship between exercise, anxiety/depression, and cardiovascular health. I am also a former paramedic.
I am board certified in psychiatry and a proud therapist with the American Alpine Association's Climbing Grief Fund and the American Avalanche Association Resilience Project. I earned a B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech and a masters in counseling at George Washington University. I worked as an LPC in eating disorders, addictions, and general psychiatry for 7 years before completing my Doctor of Nursing Practice. My doctoral project focused on cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders and the relationship between exercise, anxiety/depression, and cardiovascular health. I am also a former paramedic.
(503) 406-4268 View (503) 406-4268
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHCNS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97201
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
(541) 655-3581 View (541) 655-3581
Photo of Laurence Eckman Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse in 97201, OR
Laurence Eckman Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
I work with ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, marriage & couples counseling, anger problems, unresolved trauma, & PTSD. I enjoy working with individuals and couples who may be experiencing communication and relationship issues, daily life stressors, parenting difficulties or life transitions. I am dually licensed as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and psychotherapist (LCSW). Having two different licenses affords me the unique perspective of seeing mental health from the physiological and psychological viewpoints. I offer mental health medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching or a combination of these. Sometimes there is great value in having one practitioner to address both the medical and mental health concerns.
I work with ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, marriage & couples counseling, anger problems, unresolved trauma, & PTSD. I enjoy working with individuals and couples who may be experiencing communication and relationship issues, daily life stressors, parenting difficulties or life transitions. I am dually licensed as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and psychotherapist (LCSW). Having two different licenses affords me the unique perspective of seeing mental health from the physiological and psychological viewpoints. I offer mental health medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching or a combination of these. Sometimes there is great value in having one practitioner to address both the medical and mental health concerns.
(503) 446-1199 View (503) 446-1199
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K. Emilei Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
I help adults understand and change long-standing patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause them to feel stuck in their professional, personal and/or family life. Feelings of anxiety or depression can arise from, or at least are made worse by, underlying issues that have never been explored or addressed. I believe that understanding and working through these issues allow a greater freedom from the past and help people to live more fully.
I help adults understand and change long-standing patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause them to feel stuck in their professional, personal and/or family life. Feelings of anxiety or depression can arise from, or at least are made worse by, underlying issues that have never been explored or addressed. I believe that understanding and working through these issues allow a greater freedom from the past and help people to live more fully.
(503) 336-9974 View (503) 336-9974
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Nancy C Winters
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
I specialize in psychoanalysis, an intensive, in-depth form of psychotherapy for people who are confronting repetitive and confusing patterns in life preventing them from living more fully. My approach involves careful listening and responsiveness to your unique mind and a sharing of your curiosity and commitment to deeper self-understanding and progressive freedom.
I specialize in psychoanalysis, an intensive, in-depth form of psychotherapy for people who are confronting repetitive and confusing patterns in life preventing them from living more fully. My approach involves careful listening and responsiveness to your unique mind and a sharing of your curiosity and commitment to deeper self-understanding and progressive freedom.
(503) 567-2034 View (503) 567-2034
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Robert S McKelvey
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA, LFAACAP, FRANZCP
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
Specializing in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of complex cases, psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy of children, adolescents, adults, and psychopharmacology. I am especially interested in the care of persons from other cultural traditions, an outgrowth of many years of clinical and research involvement with refugees from Southeast Asia, and particularly Vietnam. Prior to entering medicine, I served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. It was that experience that stimulated my interest in both medicine and cross-cultural psychiatry.
Specializing in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of complex cases, psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy of children, adolescents, adults, and psychopharmacology. I am especially interested in the care of persons from other cultural traditions, an outgrowth of many years of clinical and research involvement with refugees from Southeast Asia, and particularly Vietnam. Prior to entering medicine, I served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. It was that experience that stimulated my interest in both medicine and cross-cultural psychiatry.
(971) 253-0615 View (971) 253-0615
Photo of Adriane Alcalá Moss, Psychiatric Nurse in 97201, OR
Adriane Alcalá Moss
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
17 Jun 21: I am accepting clients for formal psychiatric care from OREGON only at this time. I do provide holistic health counseling and coaching for any location. Please go to my website for more details. Services are currently 100% online/virtual via ZOOM, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or Google Hangouts in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 guidelines published at: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/telehealth/index.html
17 Jun 21: I am accepting clients for formal psychiatric care from OREGON only at this time. I do provide holistic health counseling and coaching for any location. Please go to my website for more details. Services are currently 100% online/virtual via ZOOM, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or Google Hangouts in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 guidelines published at: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/telehealth/index.html
(541) 760-7958 View (541) 760-7958
Photo of Willamette Health & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse in 97201, OR
Willamette Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, MSN, LMFT, LPC, LCSW
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
Willamette Health & Wellness is a small group practice employing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and therapists from a variety of training backgrounds. We provide counseling, therapy, and medication management for children, adolescents, adults, and families.
Willamette Health & Wellness is a small group practice employing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and therapists from a variety of training backgrounds. We provide counseling, therapy, and medication management for children, adolescents, adults, and families.
(503) 444-8729 View (503) 444-8729
Photo of Brent Frazee, Psychiatrist in 97201, OR
Brent Frazee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I work with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, effects of trauma, difficulties in work or school, feelings of emptiness, and other forms of psychological pain. Psychoanalytic therapy is an intensive, exploratory process. I aim to provide a context in which to explore deeply personal aspects of your private mental life, and to work together to better understand who you are and the difficulties with which you struggle. Through this process, I hope to help you to live more fully and fulfillingly.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I work with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, effects of trauma, difficulties in work or school, feelings of emptiness, and other forms of psychological pain. Psychoanalytic therapy is an intensive, exploratory process. I aim to provide a context in which to explore deeply personal aspects of your private mental life, and to work together to better understand who you are and the difficulties with which you struggle. Through this process, I hope to help you to live more fully and fulfillingly.
(503) 342-7723 View (503) 342-7723
Shelley Geil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97201
Waitlist for new clients
I believe people have an incredible amount of strength within themselves. I work with medications to augment this inner strength and help people reach their full potential. I believe in working together with people to help find the best treatment plan - even if that doesn't include medication. I have over 29 years of psychiatric experience working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for over 19 years.
I believe people have an incredible amount of strength within themselves. I work with medications to augment this inner strength and help people reach their full potential. I believe in working together with people to help find the best treatment plan - even if that doesn't include medication. I have over 29 years of psychiatric experience working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for over 19 years.
(360) 763-0218 View (360) 763-0218
Photo of Hannah Frazee, Physician Assistant in 97201, OR
Hannah Frazee
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
I specialize in psychiatric medication management. I believe that medication can do great things for people in the right context. I also think there are times that medication should be used in addition to other modalities, like therapy, if needed.
I specialize in psychiatric medication management. I believe that medication can do great things for people in the right context. I also think there are times that medication should be used in addition to other modalities, like therapy, if needed.
(971) 206-3110 View (971) 206-3110
Photo of Jesse Lee Morris, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97201, OR
Jesse Lee Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
Jesse Morris is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in Portland, Oregon. Jesse uses an integrative approach to care, recognizing that mental health is multifaceted and complex. She blends conventional medicine with exercise, nutrition, psychotherapy, and a range of complementary and alternative treatment modalities. During her mental health career, she has primarily worked in settings offering innovative and non-traditional treatment options. Her experience has given ger a profound understanding that healing extends far beyond pharmaceuticals - it encompasses every facet of our lives.
Jesse Morris is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in Portland, Oregon. Jesse uses an integrative approach to care, recognizing that mental health is multifaceted and complex. She blends conventional medicine with exercise, nutrition, psychotherapy, and a range of complementary and alternative treatment modalities. During her mental health career, she has primarily worked in settings offering innovative and non-traditional treatment options. Her experience has given ger a profound understanding that healing extends far beyond pharmaceuticals - it encompasses every facet of our lives.
(971) 308-4557 View (971) 308-4557
Photo of Mary Lajoy, Psychiatrist in 97201, OR
Mary Lajoy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. I am currently offering individual medication management services for adults. I take a holistic approach to providing mental health care, incorporating values, personal history and consideration of medical conditions in developing a treatment plan with patients. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma related disorders.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. I am currently offering individual medication management services for adults. I take a holistic approach to providing mental health care, incorporating values, personal history and consideration of medical conditions in developing a treatment plan with patients. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma related disorders.
(971) 251-4667 View (971) 251-4667
Photo of Madeline Jacobs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97201, OR
Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
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Photo of Daniel Roa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97201, OR
Daniel Roa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97201
Immediate appointments available! With over two decades of dedicated service in healthcare, I am striving to be a beacon of empathy and expertise in the field of mental health. I’m committed to patient-centered and personalized care. This has shaped a career focused on understanding the unique needs of each individual. I approach patient care with a genuine desire to listen. With a deep understanding of psychiatric struggles and the benefit of care, my patients receive a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan, ensuring that each patient's journey is supported fully.
Immediate appointments available! With over two decades of dedicated service in healthcare, I am striving to be a beacon of empathy and expertise in the field of mental health. I’m committed to patient-centered and personalized care. This has shaped a career focused on understanding the unique needs of each individual. I approach patient care with a genuine desire to listen. With a deep understanding of psychiatric struggles and the benefit of care, my patients receive a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan, ensuring that each patient's journey is supported fully.
(360) 623-7884 View (360) 623-7884
Photo of Debra Avery, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97201, OR
Debra Avery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSA
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
In-Person Appts for OR. My practice offers a unique mix of biology-based pharmaceuticals & holistic modalities as well as esoteric offerings. Each treatment plan is developed in collaboration with the client & based upon the clients personal goals for healing & growth. I believe that each individual has the knowledge within them to heal themselves. But sometimes circumstances, illness, stress, trauma, etc. blocks us from accessing this. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for qualifying individuals. I am not a licensed therapist nor am I accepting patients for talk therapy. The therapy services offered are in conjunction with Ketamine.
In-Person Appts for OR. My practice offers a unique mix of biology-based pharmaceuticals & holistic modalities as well as esoteric offerings. Each treatment plan is developed in collaboration with the client & based upon the clients personal goals for healing & growth. I believe that each individual has the knowledge within them to heal themselves. But sometimes circumstances, illness, stress, trauma, etc. blocks us from accessing this. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for qualifying individuals. I am not a licensed therapist nor am I accepting patients for talk therapy. The therapy services offered are in conjunction with Ketamine.
(541) 319-8348 View (541) 319-8348

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 97201

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 97201 who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
85% Medication Management
70% ADHD
67% Trauma and PTSD
59% Grief
59% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Moda Health
75% Regence

How Psychiatrists in 97201 see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 97201?

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.