Psychiatrists in Hollywood, CA

Photo of Gennady Musher, M.D., Ph.D., TMS Neuro Institute, Psychiatrist in Hollywood, CA
Gennady Musher, M.D., Ph.D., TMS Neuro Institute
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028
Dr. Musher is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He began his psychiatry career nearly many years ago. He completed his PhD in psychiatry in 1988 and he served his residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He has been in private practice since 1998 and has experience in the evaluation and treatment of major psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to: major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders and forensic evaluations.
Dr. Musher is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He began his psychiatry career nearly many years ago. He completed his PhD in psychiatry in 1988 and he served his residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He has been in private practice since 1998 and has experience in the evaluation and treatment of major psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to: major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders and forensic evaluations.
(323) 433-6442 View (323) 433-6442
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy 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.
(424) 371-7442 View (424) 371-7442
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Keerthan Somanath
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hollywood, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Dr. Somanath graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with honors, completing a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. He subsequently worked as a software engineer at National Instruments in Austin, Texas, where he developed an interest in neuroscience, and eventually medicine after working with one of the company's clients.
Dr. Somanath graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with honors, completing a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. He subsequently worked as a software engineer at National Instruments in Austin, Texas, where he developed an interest in neuroscience, and eventually medicine after working with one of the company's clients.
(818) 405-8345 View (818) 405-8345
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Arjun Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, CA 90028
Dr. Kumar is an adult and geriatric psychiatrist seeing patients at his Los Angeles office and virtually. Dr. Kumar believes in a humane and comprehensive approach to mental health care across the lifespan. He emphasizes the impact of past experiences on emotional well-being, practicing trauma-informed care that draws from his work with military veterans. He enjoys helping patients through major life transitions like graduation and career changes, aging and retirement, and relationship conflict. He is also experienced at helping older adults confront late-life challenges like chronic disease, memory loss, and grief.
Dr. Kumar is an adult and geriatric psychiatrist seeing patients at his Los Angeles office and virtually. Dr. Kumar believes in a humane and comprehensive approach to mental health care across the lifespan. He emphasizes the impact of past experiences on emotional well-being, practicing trauma-informed care that draws from his work with military veterans. He enjoys helping patients through major life transitions like graduation and career changes, aging and retirement, and relationship conflict. He is also experienced at helping older adults confront late-life challenges like chronic disease, memory loss, and grief.
(424) 766-1972 View (424) 766-1972

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Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
West Hollywood, CA 90069  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We know asking for help is not an easy 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We know asking for help is not an easy 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.
(323) 310-2639 View (323) 310-2639
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Halee Fullerton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (Online Only)
My name is Halee Fullerton. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that has worked in various settings. I specialize in medication management. I offer a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders. My specific interests are treating depression, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, and addiction disorders in children/adolescents and young adults.
My name is Halee Fullerton. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that has worked in various settings. I specialize in medication management. I offer a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders. My specific interests are treating depression, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, and addiction disorders in children/adolescents and young adults.
(818) 824-8119 View (818) 824-8119
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Jennifer Jordan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90046
I am a compassionate, Board Certified Adult psychiatrist with experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders.  I feel lucky to be able to work collaboratively with individuals facing unique and complex challenges at all stages of life. I believe in empowering patients to take an active role in their care, and feel that this can help us work together to achieve the most positive possible outcomes. I provide comprehensive assessments, taking into account all aspects of patients' lives, and provide both medication management and psychotherapy, or a combination of the two as appropriate.
I am a compassionate, Board Certified Adult psychiatrist with experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders.  I feel lucky to be able to work collaboratively with individuals facing unique and complex challenges at all stages of life. I believe in empowering patients to take an active role in their care, and feel that this can help us work together to achieve the most positive possible outcomes. I provide comprehensive assessments, taking into account all aspects of patients' lives, and provide both medication management and psychotherapy, or a combination of the two as appropriate.
(323) 538-6351 View (323) 538-6351
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Serena Puga
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036
I provide comprehensive mental health services to adults, adolescents and couples. For patients who have complex needs such as multiple medical or mental health diagnoses, who have seen many previous practitioners with no results, or who do not want to see multiple providers or need integrated care with a single person they trust, my practice is an ideal fit. I have specialty training in mood disorders, personality disorders, neurodivergence in all its forms, and working with other providers including physicians, lawyers, estate planners, neuropsychologists, and care managers as well as . I am happy to provide in-home services.
I provide comprehensive mental health services to adults, adolescents and couples. For patients who have complex needs such as multiple medical or mental health diagnoses, who have seen many previous practitioners with no results, or who do not want to see multiple providers or need integrated care with a single person they trust, my practice is an ideal fit. I have specialty training in mood disorders, personality disorders, neurodivergence in all its forms, and working with other providers including physicians, lawyers, estate planners, neuropsychologists, and care managers as well as . I am happy to provide in-home services.
(310) 341-0702 View (310) 341-0702
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Jerrell Mitchell
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90046
While psychiatric diagnosis commonly is at the forefront of the physician-patient relationship, my practice emphasizes problem-solving and formation of therapeutic alliance as the pillars of tailored and effective individualized care. My extensive training has provided me with abundant tools to work with and treat any psychiatric condition, but I am particularly interested in management of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. I take a culturally tailored, holistic, and comprehensive approach to psychotherapeutic and medicine management.
While psychiatric diagnosis commonly is at the forefront of the physician-patient relationship, my practice emphasizes problem-solving and formation of therapeutic alliance as the pillars of tailored and effective individualized care. My extensive training has provided me with abundant tools to work with and treat any psychiatric condition, but I am particularly interested in management of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. I take a culturally tailored, holistic, and comprehensive approach to psychotherapeutic and medicine management.
(323) 417-5312 View (323) 417-5312
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Dr. Pedro E. Morante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Someone who is struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns. They may be experiencing difficulty in their personal or professional relationships, and may feel overwhelmed or stuck in their current situation.
Someone who is struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns. They may be experiencing difficulty in their personal or professional relationships, and may feel overwhelmed or stuck in their current situation.
(213) 354-7134 View (213) 354-7134
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
West Hollywood, CA 90069  (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) 269-1272 View (747) 269-1272
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Sumit Naig
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
West Hollywood, CA 90069  (Online Only)
I believe in collaborating with my patients to understand their mental health needs using a four-part model:- the life story: where the patient is in her/his life, family history and upbringing- the personality: who she/he is as a person- the behavior: what coping methods does she/he employ to manage stressors and psychologic- the illness:  the symptoms that brought her/him to seek help.
I believe in collaborating with my patients to understand their mental health needs using a four-part model:- the life story: where the patient is in her/his life, family history and upbringing- the personality: who she/he is as a person- the behavior: what coping methods does she/he employ to manage stressors and psychologic- the illness:  the symptoms that brought her/him to seek help.
(323) 405-9480 View (323) 405-9480
Photo of Claudette Banda, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hollywood, CA
Claudette Banda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy 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 not an easy 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!
(310) 683-5561 View (310) 683-5561
Photo of Kenny Lin, Psychiatrist in Hollywood, CA
Kenny Lin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dr. Lin is a Harvard and UCSF trained psychiatrist for children, teens, and adults. He is double boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. He has an additional board certification in Lifestyle Medicine from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has had diverse experiences working with people of different ages, backgrounds, and mental health histories.
Dr. Lin is a Harvard and UCSF trained psychiatrist for children, teens, and adults. He is double boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. He has an additional board certification in Lifestyle Medicine from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has had diverse experiences working with people of different ages, backgrounds, and mental health histories.
(626) 663-2063 View (626) 663-2063
Photo of Taylor Alexander, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hollywood, CA
Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
West Hollywood, CA 90069  (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) 302-6786 View (747) 302-6786
Photo of Brian Lempa, Psychiatrist in Hollywood, CA
Brian Lempa
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Dr. Lempa is an adult psychiatrist who believes in collaborative treatment with a focus on increased functionality and individual outcomes. Dr. Lempa provides a thorough assessment utilizing a biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual formulation. He formulates an individualized treatment plan consisting of nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. He looks forward to helping you overcome your current mental health burdens and helping you live a fulfilled, balanced and successful life!.
Dr. Lempa is an adult psychiatrist who believes in collaborative treatment with a focus on increased functionality and individual outcomes. Dr. Lempa provides a thorough assessment utilizing a biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual formulation. He formulates an individualized treatment plan consisting of nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. He looks forward to helping you overcome your current mental health burdens and helping you live a fulfilled, balanced and successful life!.
(323) 701-0596 View (323) 701-0596
Photo of Shemiah Sullivan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hollywood, CA
Shemiah Sullivan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Nice to (virtually) meet you! I'm Shemiah, and I'm an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. This means I can handle almost all your psychiatric medication needs from an initial evaluation to managing your currents prescriptions. I focus on treating people, not just symptoms with a personalized and integrative approach.
Nice to (virtually) meet you! I'm Shemiah, and I'm an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. This means I can handle almost all your psychiatric medication needs from an initial evaluation to managing your currents prescriptions. I focus on treating people, not just symptoms with a personalized and integrative approach.
(562) 566-3284 View (562) 566-3284
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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.
(562) 207-5492 View (562) 207-5492
Photo of Lance Dodes, Psychiatrist in Hollywood, CA
Lance Dodes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90004  (Online Only)
For more information about me and my practice, please see the biography affiliated with my Psychology Today blog, at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bloggers/lance-dodes-md, or visit my website at http://www.drlancedodes.com. For information about my online Addiction course see: http://lance-dodes-course.thinkific.com/courses/lance-dodes-m-d.
For more information about me and my practice, please see the biography affiliated with my Psychology Today blog, at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bloggers/lance-dodes-md, or visit my website at http://www.drlancedodes.com. For information about my online Addiction course see: http://lance-dodes-course.thinkific.com/courses/lance-dodes-m-d.
(617) 209-9006 View (617) 209-9006
Photo of William Bewley, Psychiatrist in Hollywood, CA
William Bewley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90046
My first commitment to you is that I will do my best to listen and to understand you. My professional and moral duty is to alleviate suffering, and I promise to do my best to help improve your quality of life. We will reach this goal by thoroughly discussing your needs. Together, we will collaborate to devise a comprehensive treatment approach. I am board certified in psychiatry and treat a wide variety of conditions. I most recently worked at a state psychiatric hospital before moving to private practice.
My first commitment to you is that I will do my best to listen and to understand you. My professional and moral duty is to alleviate suffering, and I promise to do my best to help improve your quality of life. We will reach this goal by thoroughly discussing your needs. Together, we will collaborate to devise a comprehensive treatment approach. I am board certified in psychiatry and treat a wide variety of conditions. I most recently worked at a state psychiatric hospital before moving to private practice.
(323) 643-6093 View (323) 643-6093

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hollywood, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hollywood, CA who prioritize treating:

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

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicare
75% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Hollywood, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hollywood?

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.