Psychiatrists in Agoura Hills, CA

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Ali Najafian Jazi
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Dr. Jazi is a double-board certified Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist. Dr. Jazi can help you or your loved one dealing with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, different types of dementia, and especially caregiver burden in those who take care of dementia patients. Dr. Jazi practices dynamic psychotherapy alone or combined with medications to treat his patients. Combination of psychotherapy and medications results the most successful outcome in many patients.
Dr. Jazi is a double-board certified Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist. Dr. Jazi can help you or your loved one dealing with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, different types of dementia, and especially caregiver burden in those who take care of dementia patients. Dr. Jazi practices dynamic psychotherapy alone or combined with medications to treat his patients. Combination of psychotherapy and medications results the most successful outcome in many patients.
(805) 219-7094 View (805) 219-7094
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Derek VanCamp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Derek VanCamp, DNP is a psychiatric specialist with 30 years of experience in emergency care, family practice, critical care, and psychiatric disorders. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Coast University Los Angeles, a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a Doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Postdoctoral degree in psychiatry and mental health from Regis College of Boston. He is board-certified in acute care, gerontology, and psychiatry/mental health and specializes in treating children, adult, and geriatric patients.
Derek VanCamp, DNP is a psychiatric specialist with 30 years of experience in emergency care, family practice, critical care, and psychiatric disorders. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Coast University Los Angeles, a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a Doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Postdoctoral degree in psychiatry and mental health from Regis College of Boston. He is board-certified in acute care, gerontology, and psychiatry/mental health and specializes in treating children, adult, and geriatric patients.
(747) 205-0584 x1 View (747) 205-0584 x1
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Jari Pohankova
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Jari Pohankova is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with psychiatric patients at UCLA. Her focus is on viewing each individual holistically and addressing the root cause of disease by providing an individualized approach and healing all aspects of life that contribute to mental illness (mental, spiritual, physical, nutritional, relational, and stress management). Jari believes that mental health and resilience are a foundation for a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life.
Jari Pohankova is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with psychiatric patients at UCLA. Her focus is on viewing each individual holistically and addressing the root cause of disease by providing an individualized approach and healing all aspects of life that contribute to mental illness (mental, spiritual, physical, nutritional, relational, and stress management). Jari believes that mental health and resilience are a foundation for a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life.
(747) 998-0237 View (747) 998-0237
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Traci Babcock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, NP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Agoura Hills, CA 91301  (Online Only)
I am an experienced board-certified nurse practitioner for 23 years. I accept most major insurances. I work with Family Psychological Services, a Regional Behavioral Health Center. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with adolescents and adults ages 17 and up. I have provided direct services through Cedars-Sinai Hospital, USC, and other major neuropsychiatric departments for psychiatric evaluation and medication management for patients with mental health disorders, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, and critical care.
I am an experienced board-certified nurse practitioner for 23 years. I accept most major insurances. I work with Family Psychological Services, a Regional Behavioral Health Center. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with adolescents and adults ages 17 and up. I have provided direct services through Cedars-Sinai Hospital, USC, and other major neuropsychiatric departments for psychiatric evaluation and medication management for patients with mental health disorders, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, and critical care.
(747) 246-7564 View (747) 246-7564
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Mina Heydari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Throughout her career, Mina has assisted individuals who have faced various mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and PTSD. Every person is unique and extraordinary, deserving of respect and personalized care. Mina’s approach is to develop a partnership as we embark on a journey toward achieving optimal mental wellness and healing. Your time together is a safe and therapeutic place for you to talk about how you feel and what you're thinking. Accepting that each person is unique, each person's experiences and struggles are too.
Throughout her career, Mina has assisted individuals who have faced various mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and PTSD. Every person is unique and extraordinary, deserving of respect and personalized care. Mina’s approach is to develop a partnership as we embark on a journey toward achieving optimal mental wellness and healing. Your time together is a safe and therapeutic place for you to talk about how you feel and what you're thinking. Accepting that each person is unique, each person's experiences and struggles are too.
(747) 302-3987 View (747) 302-3987
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91301  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(310) 598-3938 View (310) 598-3938
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Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole family. We have a Multidisciplinary Team of Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners & Psychotherapists We perform Psychiatric Assessments & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety Disorders ( Panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, OCD ) Depressive Disorders ( Major Depression), Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders Etc. We combine conventional medical treatment with non-medication treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ( TMS ) for Severe depression for patients who don't respond well to Medications.
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole family. We have a Multidisciplinary Team of Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners & Psychotherapists We perform Psychiatric Assessments & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety Disorders ( Panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, OCD ) Depressive Disorders ( Major Depression), Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders Etc. We combine conventional medical treatment with non-medication treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ( TMS ) for Severe depression for patients who don't respond well to Medications.
(805) 693-4104 View (805) 693-4104
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Pearl Ainabe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, PHN
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91301  (Online Only)
Dr. Pearl Ainabe DNP (she/her), is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, CA. She approaches care with an understanding of the intricacies between a client's genetic make-up, spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, nutritional, and relational health.
Dr. Pearl Ainabe DNP (she/her), is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, CA. She approaches care with an understanding of the intricacies between a client's genetic make-up, spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, nutritional, and relational health.
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Ranita Hahm - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91377
Ranita Hahm is a Dual Board Certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her post-master’s certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and her nurse practitioner master’s degree from the University of California of Los Angeles (UCLA). Her bachelor’s degree is from Mount St. Mary’s University. She practiced in primary care and occupational health for seven years before transitioning to mental health.
Ranita Hahm is a Dual Board Certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her post-master’s certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and her nurse practitioner master’s degree from the University of California of Los Angeles (UCLA). Her bachelor’s degree is from Mount St. Mary’s University. She practiced in primary care and occupational health for seven years before transitioning to mental health.
(818) 514-7160 View (818) 514-7160
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Joseph K Mwangi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Agoura Hills, CA 91301  (Online Only)
Greetings! I'm a dedicated and empathetic Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a rich background spanning over two decades in the healthcare industry. My passion for mental health and well-being has been the driving force behind my extensive career, where I've honed my skills to provide comprehensive and personalized care to individuals seeking support. I earned my advanced degree to address better the nuanced needs of those grappling with mental health challenges. My qualifications and commitment to ongoing professional development ensure that I stay abreast of the latest advancements in psychiatric care.
Greetings! I'm a dedicated and empathetic Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a rich background spanning over two decades in the healthcare industry. My passion for mental health and well-being has been the driving force behind my extensive career, where I've honed my skills to provide comprehensive and personalized care to individuals seeking support. I earned my advanced degree to address better the nuanced needs of those grappling with mental health challenges. My qualifications and commitment to ongoing professional development ensure that I stay abreast of the latest advancements in psychiatric care.
(323) 622-7590 View (323) 622-7590
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Moxie Psychiatric Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91376
Welcome to Moxie Psychiatric Group! We are committed to delivering personalized and compassionate mental health services to individuals seeking support and guidance in the journey towards mental wellness. At Moxie Psychiatric Group, we understand mental health is a vital aspect of overall well-being and we believe in a holistic approach to mental healthcare. We welcome individuals of all ages and backgrounds, offering a safe and inclusive space where everyone can receive the specialized care they deserve.
Welcome to Moxie Psychiatric Group! We are committed to delivering personalized and compassionate mental health services to individuals seeking support and guidance in the journey towards mental wellness. At Moxie Psychiatric Group, we understand mental health is a vital aspect of overall well-being and we believe in a holistic approach to mental healthcare. We welcome individuals of all ages and backgrounds, offering a safe and inclusive space where everyone can receive the specialized care they deserve.
(805) 749-5854 View (805) 749-5854
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Torri Taylor-Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Agoura Hills, CA 91377  (Online Only)
I help adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, and ADHD who are seeking a return to a more positive emotional state with increased focus and productivity, better sleep, and more fulfillment and joy in their lives. I offer patient-centered holistic care that includes a unique blend of treatment modalities. I specialize in working with those part of vulnerable populations such as children, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities who have not had positive experiences with psychiatric treatment in the past, as well as working with peripartum women.
I help adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, and ADHD who are seeking a return to a more positive emotional state with increased focus and productivity, better sleep, and more fulfillment and joy in their lives. I offer patient-centered holistic care that includes a unique blend of treatment modalities. I specialize in working with those part of vulnerable populations such as children, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities who have not had positive experiences with psychiatric treatment in the past, as well as working with peripartum women.
(661) 546-9103 View (661) 546-9103
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Kim Dannenberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91301  (Online Only)
(818) 873-4839 View (818) 873-4839
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Stacey Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , GNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91301  (Online Only)
(818) 464-4280 View (818) 464-4280
West Coast Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(805) 244-5974 View (805) 244-5974

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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Calabasas, CA 91301  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(818) 392-5914 View (818) 392-5914
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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Calabasas, CA 91301  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(747) 298-5989 View (747) 298-5989
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Dr. Todd Hill - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Dr. Hill has been practicing Psychiatry for nearly 20 years. He now practices both Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Throughout his medical career, he owned his own private practice for 10 years, was on staff as a consultation psychiatrist for multiple Kansas City hospitals, and served as the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at one of the largest hospitals in the Kansas City Metro area. Additionally, Dr. Hill served as Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Psychiatry at his alma mater, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Dr. Hill has been practicing Psychiatry for nearly 20 years. He now practices both Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Throughout his medical career, he owned his own private practice for 10 years, was on staff as a consultation psychiatrist for multiple Kansas City hospitals, and served as the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at one of the largest hospitals in the Kansas City Metro area. Additionally, Dr. Hill served as Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Psychiatry at his alma mater, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
(424) 238-6522 View (424) 238-6522
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Ines Kaplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of dedicated healthcare experience. My career began in hospital and home care settings, and for the past 8 years, I have served as a nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatric and family healthcare. My focus is on helping individuals navigate the complexities of mental health, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and stress stemming from various sources.
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of dedicated healthcare experience. My career began in hospital and home care settings, and for the past 8 years, I have served as a nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatric and family healthcare. My focus is on helping individuals navigate the complexities of mental health, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and stress stemming from various sources.
(818) 798-9689 View (818) 798-9689
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Lisa Chan
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Calabasas, CA 91301  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(747) 221-1235 View (747) 221-1235

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Agoura Hills, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$287

Psychiatrists in Agoura Hills, CA who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
73% Sleep or Insomnia
73% Medication Management
67% ADHD
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Agoura Hills, CA see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Agoura Hills?

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.