Psychiatrists in Pine Bluff, AR

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Med Minds Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSNc, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pine Bluff, AR 71603  (Online Only)
I believe in holistic health: which means caring for the whole person and addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. Mental and emotional health are often the foundation of a healthy and fulfilling life. My specialty is medication management for a variety of mental health needs, across the lifespan. Initial appointments are usually (60) minutes in length and follow up appointments are usually (20) minutes in length. I want each person I partner with to feel comfortable and well informed of their options so that they are able to make an informed decision.
I believe in holistic health: which means caring for the whole person and addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. Mental and emotional health are often the foundation of a healthy and fulfilling life. My specialty is medication management for a variety of mental health needs, across the lifespan. Initial appointments are usually (60) minutes in length and follow up appointments are usually (20) minutes in length. I want each person I partner with to feel comfortable and well informed of their options so that they are able to make an informed decision.
(501) 474-6168 View (501) 474-6168
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Devin Annette Devlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pine Bluff, AR 71603  (Online Only)
I am board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), who provides psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with brief psychotherapeutic interventions. I seek to provide psychiatric services for individuals across the lifespan from children to older adults. I primarily see clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD/Trauma. My approach to care is of a holistic, collaborative, empowering, practical and evidence-based nature in order to improve the lives of those of whom I serve. My goal, above all else, is to empower you to take charge of your own well-being.
I am board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), who provides psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with brief psychotherapeutic interventions. I seek to provide psychiatric services for individuals across the lifespan from children to older adults. I primarily see clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD/Trauma. My approach to care is of a holistic, collaborative, empowering, practical and evidence-based nature in order to improve the lives of those of whom I serve. My goal, above all else, is to empower you to take charge of your own well-being.
(501) 434-4312 View (501) 434-4312
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Devin Annette Chatman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Pine Bluff, AR 71601  (Online Only)
Life throws us so many challenges and sometimes we need help navigating through those obstacles. With that being said, no one should have to struggle or feel defeated for needing a little help along the way. I work closely with clients to assess their needs, set realistic goals, and develop a therapeutic, pharmacological plan that will help them reach their goals and optimal well-being.
Life throws us so many challenges and sometimes we need help navigating through those obstacles. With that being said, no one should have to struggle or feel defeated for needing a little help along the way. I work closely with clients to assess their needs, set realistic goals, and develop a therapeutic, pharmacological plan that will help them reach their goals and optimal well-being.
(501) 359-5390 View (501) 359-5390

Online Psychiatrists

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Rhonda Mattox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72223  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Mattox specializes in helping people "Rise, Shine, & Transform" after a fall. It's tempting to ruminate and retreat after life's great disappointments (divorce, death, downsize & other devastating blows.) But Dr. Mattox helps you get off the sidelines and get back into the game of life. She serves as a guide to facilitate the process through coaching. Some think they "should be stronger" or that it's weak to invest in coaching. But the truth is that it's not weak to seek feedback. Why do you think Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, and Michael Jordan have coaches? Why do you think Fortune 500 companies have advisory boards? Results!
Dr. Mattox specializes in helping people "Rise, Shine, & Transform" after a fall. It's tempting to ruminate and retreat after life's great disappointments (divorce, death, downsize & other devastating blows.) But Dr. Mattox helps you get off the sidelines and get back into the game of life. She serves as a guide to facilitate the process through coaching. Some think they "should be stronger" or that it's weak to invest in coaching. But the truth is that it's not weak to seek feedback. Why do you think Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, and Michael Jordan have coaches? Why do you think Fortune 500 companies have advisory boards? Results!
(501) 322-8165 View (501) 322-8165
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Karen Hall
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Dr. Karen D. Hall specializes in psychiatry with a primary focus on child and adolescent psychiatry. This includes diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health conditions and disorders in children and teenagers. Her extensive education, training, and experience have equipped her to address the unique mental health needs of this specific age group.
Dr. Karen D. Hall specializes in psychiatry with a primary focus on child and adolescent psychiatry. This includes diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health conditions and disorders in children and teenagers. Her extensive education, training, and experience have equipped her to address the unique mental health needs of this specific age group.
(501) 624-7111 View (501) 624-7111
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Richard Flanigin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205  (Online Only)
I treat mood disorders (depression & bipolar), anxiety & thought disorders such as schizophrenia.
I treat mood disorders (depression & bipolar), anxiety & thought disorders such as schizophrenia.
(501) 669-3655 View (501) 669-3655
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Nancy L Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
North Little Rock, AR 72114
My ideal patient is seeking an experienced medication management provider who embraces a holistic approach to mental and physical health. You may need a new or different psychiatric medication, or you may need health coaching, or you may need someone to help you advocate differently with your primary care physician. Or you may need all of these things! I am motivated to travel WITH my patients, to make sure they feel heard and understood, and to collaborate on a treatment plan. We will leave no stone unturned.
My ideal patient is seeking an experienced medication management provider who embraces a holistic approach to mental and physical health. You may need a new or different psychiatric medication, or you may need health coaching, or you may need someone to help you advocate differently with your primary care physician. Or you may need all of these things! I am motivated to travel WITH my patients, to make sure they feel heard and understood, and to collaborate on a treatment plan. We will leave no stone unturned.
(501) 322-6716 x10 View (501) 322-6716 x10
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Rhianna Harberson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryant, AR 72022  (Online Only)
I specialize in all ages across the lifespan. I primarily treat Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Disruptive Behavior and Impulse Control, PTSD, Autism, and ADHD (no stimulants). I think it is important that clients understand that medications don't "fix" people and they do not teach skills. It is important for clients to know that my job is not to ever talk you into medications, but rather help to discuss the pros and cons to see how we can help benefit and better you.
I specialize in all ages across the lifespan. I primarily treat Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Disruptive Behavior and Impulse Control, PTSD, Autism, and ADHD (no stimulants). I think it is important that clients understand that medications don't "fix" people and they do not teach skills. It is important for clients to know that my job is not to ever talk you into medications, but rather help to discuss the pros and cons to see how we can help benefit and better you.
(501) 359-5981 View (501) 359-5981
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Nikol Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, LNC, FCN
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Crossett, AR 71635
Christian Leadership • Nursing • Integrative Psychotherapy• Forensic Mental Healthcare! Are you a woman who has experienced trauma/grief? I will help you navigate victory with a faith filled lens of supportive connection. My philosophy is integrative with lifestyle interventions, conservative medication management, genetic testing, brain health coaching and memberships for alternative therapies. The gut brain axis is pivotal to optimizing healing. So, if catastrophic illness support, medical trauma, violence or healthcare harm is part of your story, call me! Supporting your mental resiliency is the justice you deserve.
Christian Leadership • Nursing • Integrative Psychotherapy• Forensic Mental Healthcare! Are you a woman who has experienced trauma/grief? I will help you navigate victory with a faith filled lens of supportive connection. My philosophy is integrative with lifestyle interventions, conservative medication management, genetic testing, brain health coaching and memberships for alternative therapies. The gut brain axis is pivotal to optimizing healing. So, if catastrophic illness support, medical trauma, violence or healthcare harm is part of your story, call me! Supporting your mental resiliency is the justice you deserve.
(479) 294-2106 View (479) 294-2106
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Ariella Frazier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72205
I am a licensed, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have an interest in treating the mental health care needs of the adult and older adult populations. I primarily treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy for clients. I also incorporate a collaborative approach and may refer to​ more specialized therapy options that could be beneficial.
I am a licensed, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have an interest in treating the mental health care needs of the adult and older adult populations. I primarily treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy for clients. I also incorporate a collaborative approach and may refer to​ more specialized therapy options that could be beneficial.
(501) 456-4014 View (501) 456-4014
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Darren Compas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72211  (Online Only)
“I love the fusion of medicine and psychiatry and holistically treating patients – not just focusing on symptoms but finding and healing the cause.”
“I love the fusion of medicine and psychiatry and holistically treating patients – not just focusing on symptoms but finding and healing the cause.”
(501) 381-5443 View (501) 381-5443
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Kelsey McClellan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
I am a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management services for adults and children. I primarily treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, gender dysphoria, and women’s issues such as postpartum depression and PMDD. I have a special interest in treating the psychiatric manifestations of chronic illnesses such as Ehler's Danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, mast cell activation, and dysautonomia.
I am a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management services for adults and children. I primarily treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, gender dysphoria, and women’s issues such as postpartum depression and PMDD. I have a special interest in treating the psychiatric manifestations of chronic illnesses such as Ehler's Danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, mast cell activation, and dysautonomia.
(501) 727-4183 View (501) 727-4183
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Ashton Nealy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
I am dedicated to providing supportive services, diagnostic evaluations, and medication management for individuals with multiple diagnoses, which include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and trauma-related disorders.
I am dedicated to providing supportive services, diagnostic evaluations, and medication management for individuals with multiple diagnoses, which include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and trauma-related disorders.
(501) 961-4467 View (501) 961-4467
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Jennifer Shuler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
I seek to serve women who are worn out. So much of being a woman is being told to be a certain way, and it's making us ill. As a critical care nurse who burned out and clawed my way back to purpose, I seek to support those in helping positions or professions who realize their coping mechanisms just aren't enough anymore. I'm tired of seeing people at the end of their journey, suffering from a life of stress that has caused physical harm; and want to help people shift into wellness now. A full life with purpose is possible!
I seek to serve women who are worn out. So much of being a woman is being told to be a certain way, and it's making us ill. As a critical care nurse who burned out and clawed my way back to purpose, I seek to support those in helping positions or professions who realize their coping mechanisms just aren't enough anymore. I'm tired of seeing people at the end of their journey, suffering from a life of stress that has caused physical harm; and want to help people shift into wellness now. A full life with purpose is possible!
(501) 510-6874 View (501) 510-6874
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Martha Shaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Little Rock, AR 72116  (Online Only)
Martha "Mattie" Shaw is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is board certified to manage a wide range of mental health issues which include PTSD, depression, insomnia, and anxiety. Mattie's role as a PMHNP includes assessing, diagnosing, making treatment recommendations, and medication management.
Martha "Mattie" Shaw is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is board certified to manage a wide range of mental health issues which include PTSD, depression, insomnia, and anxiety. Mattie's role as a PMHNP includes assessing, diagnosing, making treatment recommendations, and medication management.
(501) 322-6336 View (501) 322-6336
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Amber Marengo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbrier, AR 72058
Working with women is my main focus - women struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and grief are a few of the issues I have a love for addressing. I am passionate about helping women build stronger, more satisfying lives, and I work hard to help you achieve your goals and begin to thrive instead of just "existing." I currently offer CBT and ACT therapy services with a background as a previous prescriber. I understand both medical and mental health sides of therapy, and I am continually striving to expand my therapy modalities and provide clients with the most effective forms of treatment!
Working with women is my main focus - women struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and grief are a few of the issues I have a love for addressing. I am passionate about helping women build stronger, more satisfying lives, and I work hard to help you achieve your goals and begin to thrive instead of just "existing." I currently offer CBT and ACT therapy services with a background as a previous prescriber. I understand both medical and mental health sides of therapy, and I am continually striving to expand my therapy modalities and provide clients with the most effective forms of treatment!
(501) 474-6728 View (501) 474-6728
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Melissa Bell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Conway, AR 72034
Hi, I'm Melissa. I'm a Nurse Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry & Family Practice. I practice in Conway AR at Christian Perspective Counseling, but I'm licensed in both Arkansas & Iowa (online). I have a relational practice style that encourages open and professional communication, with goals of providing individualized and compassionate care. I believe that shame dies when shared in safe spaces. My clients will feel heard, believed, and valued for who they were, who they are, and who they want to be.
Hi, I'm Melissa. I'm a Nurse Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry & Family Practice. I practice in Conway AR at Christian Perspective Counseling, but I'm licensed in both Arkansas & Iowa (online). I have a relational practice style that encourages open and professional communication, with goals of providing individualized and compassionate care. I believe that shame dies when shared in safe spaces. My clients will feel heard, believed, and valued for who they were, who they are, and who they want to be.
(501) 322-6361 View (501) 322-6361
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New Hope Child Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72211
Dr. Yarberry is a Little Rock native. She attended Mt. St. Mary Academy, then Lyon College, and received her medical degree at Ohio University. Dr. Yarberry completed both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her last two years she served as Chief Resident and Co-Chief Resident. She is double board certified in Child and Adolescent and General Psychiatry. When she's not in the office she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, dancing and spending time with her husband, 8 year old daughter, 2 cats and adorable Chihuahua.
Dr. Yarberry is a Little Rock native. She attended Mt. St. Mary Academy, then Lyon College, and received her medical degree at Ohio University. Dr. Yarberry completed both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her last two years she served as Chief Resident and Co-Chief Resident. She is double board certified in Child and Adolescent and General Psychiatry. When she's not in the office she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, dancing and spending time with her husband, 8 year old daughter, 2 cats and adorable Chihuahua.
(501) 300-6282 View (501) 300-6282
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Nihit Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAACAP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
I am a licensed and board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management and addiction services for adults and children. Through my contributions to clinical work, teaching, and research, I've been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I primarily treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma in children and adolescents, and substance use problems in youth and adults.
I am a licensed and board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management and addiction services for adults and children. Through my contributions to clinical work, teaching, and research, I've been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I primarily treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma in children and adolescents, and substance use problems in youth and adults.
(501) 298-4789 View (501) 298-4789
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Dr. Andreya Reed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Little Rock, AR 72116
Have you found yourself navigating a crossroads of emotions, where challenges feel overwhelming and the way forward seems unclear? You're not alone. My name is Dr. Andreya Reed, and as a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult mental health, I'm here to guide you on a journey of understanding, healing, and rediscovery. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or any other mental health concern, I offer a safe and supportive space where you can explore your unique experiences with compassion and without judgment.
Have you found yourself navigating a crossroads of emotions, where challenges feel overwhelming and the way forward seems unclear? You're not alone. My name is Dr. Andreya Reed, and as a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult mental health, I'm here to guide you on a journey of understanding, healing, and rediscovery. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or any other mental health concern, I offer a safe and supportive space where you can explore your unique experiences with compassion and without judgment.
(501) 271-3557 View (501) 271-3557

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Number of Psychiatrists in Pine Bluff, AR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pine Bluff, AR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
67% Addiction
67% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Pine Bluff, AR see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pine Bluff?

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.