Psychiatrists in Pilot Hill, CA

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Maisha Correia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pilot Hill, CA 95664
Dr. Maisha Correia is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2010. She earned her BA in Psychology with a Chemistry correlate from Vassar College, then moved to San Francisco to earn her MD from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Correia provides a thoughtful, complete diagnostic evaluation in addition to well considered medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions. She has a particular interest in treating chronic trauma symptoms as well as a broad base of experience doing so.
Dr. Maisha Correia is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2010. She earned her BA in Psychology with a Chemistry correlate from Vassar College, then moved to San Francisco to earn her MD from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Correia provides a thoughtful, complete diagnostic evaluation in addition to well considered medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions. She has a particular interest in treating chronic trauma symptoms as well as a broad base of experience doing so.
(916) 776-5114 View (916) 776-5114
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Shannon Suo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pilot Hill, CA 95664
I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Davis with a BS in Zoology, focused on behavior. I attended University of Cincinnati School of Medicine for my medical degree and came back to Sacramento for a combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. I chose the combined practice of Family Medicine and Psychiatry because I saw the impact that psychological concerns had on the health of individuals and how often primary care physicians were not prepared to understand or treat these problems. I maintain Board Certification in both Family Medicine and Adult Psychiatry.
I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Davis with a BS in Zoology, focused on behavior. I attended University of Cincinnati School of Medicine for my medical degree and came back to Sacramento for a combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. I chose the combined practice of Family Medicine and Psychiatry because I saw the impact that psychological concerns had on the health of individuals and how often primary care physicians were not prepared to understand or treat these problems. I maintain Board Certification in both Family Medicine and Adult Psychiatry.
(916) 237-1795 View (916) 237-1795
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Penelope Libeu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pilot Hill, CA 95664
Dr. Penelope Libeu is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and has been in practice since 2018. She received her BA from UC Berkeley, earned her medical degree from Rush Medical College, and graduated from Northwestern Memorial Hospital's psychiatry residency program. Dr. Libeu's approach to improving mental health is multidisciplinary and may include combining medication(s) with psychotherapy, group therapy, relationship (couple's) therapy, and making lifestyle changes to improve your overall well-being, e. g.
Dr. Penelope Libeu is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and has been in practice since 2018. She received her BA from UC Berkeley, earned her medical degree from Rush Medical College, and graduated from Northwestern Memorial Hospital's psychiatry residency program. Dr. Libeu's approach to improving mental health is multidisciplinary and may include combining medication(s) with psychotherapy, group therapy, relationship (couple's) therapy, and making lifestyle changes to improve your overall well-being, e. g.
(916) 818-2211 View (916) 818-2211
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Melissa Fisher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Pilot Hill, CA 95664
Melissa Fisher is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is committed to providing compassionate and empathetic care. She has been practicing medicine since 2003. Melissa is dual-certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. After working several years in hematology/oncology, she transitioned into psychiatry and completed a post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has been working in psychiatry for 10+ years and has experience treating adults of all ages in inpatient/skilled nursing and outpatient settings.
Melissa Fisher is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is committed to providing compassionate and empathetic care. She has been practicing medicine since 2003. Melissa is dual-certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. After working several years in hematology/oncology, she transitioned into psychiatry and completed a post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has been working in psychiatry for 10+ years and has experience treating adults of all ages in inpatient/skilled nursing and outpatient settings.
(916) 571-1399 View (916) 571-1399
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Jeremy Ernst
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Pilot Hill, CA 95664
Dr. Jeremy Ernst is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2017. Dr. Ernst helps clients by taking a holistic and collaborative approach to care. Together they are able to find root causes for mental health concerns and find safe and effective solutions. Outside of work, Dr. Ernst enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Jeremy Ernst is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2017. Dr. Ernst helps clients by taking a holistic and collaborative approach to care. Together they are able to find root causes for mental health concerns and find safe and effective solutions. Outside of work, Dr. Ernst enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with his family.
(916) 665-0448 View (916) 665-0448

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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Folsom, CA 95762
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(559) 785-0476 View (559) 785-0476
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Gaea Pope-Daum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
My interests in TMS and esketamine treatments stem from my belief that there is no one-size-fits-all to mental health treatment. I am interested in finding what works best for each individual, rather than relying exclusively on more traditional treatment modalities. My ideal patient is interested in pursuing personal wellness – whatever that may mean to them as an individual.
My interests in TMS and esketamine treatments stem from my belief that there is no one-size-fits-all to mental health treatment. I am interested in finding what works best for each individual, rather than relying exclusively on more traditional treatment modalities. My ideal patient is interested in pursuing personal wellness – whatever that may mean to them as an individual.
(530) 431-2080 View (530) 431-2080
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
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.
(530) 270-3395 View (530) 270-3395
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Amber Whitlatch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PHN, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Folsom, CA 95762
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(559) 254-4982 View (559) 254-4982
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Pegah Pajouhi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Dr. Pegah Pajouhi is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Pajouhi provides medication management and has a compassionate, evidence-based approach, accounting for the unique biological, psychological, and social factors that impact each patient’s mental health.
Dr. Pegah Pajouhi is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Pajouhi provides medication management and has a compassionate, evidence-based approach, accounting for the unique biological, psychological, and social factors that impact each patient’s mental health.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Maria Steiner-Renoir
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, CA 95603  (Online Only)
I am an integrative psychiatric provider, who helps adults facing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life role transitions and trauma/PTSD related issues to regain their vitality and centeredness, create better understanding of self, and achieve closer relationships with others by using a holistic approach of care. I consider patients' physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Together, we create personalized treatment plans that may include mindfulness exercises, supplements, medication, therapy, self-care rituals and lifestyle adjustments.
I am an integrative psychiatric provider, who helps adults facing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life role transitions and trauma/PTSD related issues to regain their vitality and centeredness, create better understanding of self, and achieve closer relationships with others by using a holistic approach of care. I consider patients' physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Together, we create personalized treatment plans that may include mindfulness exercises, supplements, medication, therapy, self-care rituals and lifestyle adjustments.
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Amanda Vo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Granite Bay, CA 94756  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My name is Amanda and I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health conditions. You may be struggling with depression or anxiety, and seeking support to improve your mental health and overall well-being. Whether you're a busy mom juggling work and family, or someone living with depression, I'm here to support you.
My name is Amanda and I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health conditions. You may be struggling with depression or anxiety, and seeking support to improve your mental health and overall well-being. Whether you're a busy mom juggling work and family, or someone living with depression, I'm here to support you.
(205) 707-2605 View (205) 707-2605
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Beautiful Minds Medical, Inc.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Auburn, CA 95602
Your mind is beautiful. We can help take care of it. We work closely with each person to understand the root cause of his/her condition and treat it in combination with proven lifestyle principles in the areas of nutrition, exercise, connection, and hope.
Your mind is beautiful. We can help take care of it. We work closely with each person to understand the root cause of his/her condition and treat it in combination with proven lifestyle principles in the areas of nutrition, exercise, connection, and hope.
(530) 537-0853 View (530) 537-0853
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Well Psyche Medical Group Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Penryn, CA 95663
www.WellPsyche.com Balancing mental and physical wellness is an art and a science! Dr. Adel is an expert in the field of psychiatry. He treats children, adolescents, and adults. His practice offers the latest in Telemedicine, allowing you to visit with your doctor from the convenience of your home or work. Dr. Adel takes a conservative approach to medication management and strives to help his clients consistently function at their best without side effects.
www.WellPsyche.com Balancing mental and physical wellness is an art and a science! Dr. Adel is an expert in the field of psychiatry. He treats children, adolescents, and adults. His practice offers the latest in Telemedicine, allowing you to visit with your doctor from the convenience of your home or work. Dr. Adel takes a conservative approach to medication management and strives to help his clients consistently function at their best without side effects.
(424) 351-9037 View (424) 351-9037
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Dr. Jeffrey Caplan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Auburn, CA 95603  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Dr. Caplan. Welcome to my concierge-style online private practice. It is considered "concierge-style" because I serve a limited number of clients, in order to be more available and responsive to your needs and provide more personalized care, but do not charge the enrollment fees of a typical concierge practice. I am a highly-trained, Board-Certified psychiatrist with 28 years of experience treating patients in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. My philosophy of care is to form a partnership with each individual client so that together we can address your unique qualities and needs.
Hello! I'm Dr. Caplan. Welcome to my concierge-style online private practice. It is considered "concierge-style" because I serve a limited number of clients, in order to be more available and responsive to your needs and provide more personalized care, but do not charge the enrollment fees of a typical concierge practice. I am a highly-trained, Board-Certified psychiatrist with 28 years of experience treating patients in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. My philosophy of care is to form a partnership with each individual client so that together we can address your unique qualities and needs.
(530) 561-5810 View (530) 561-5810
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Auburn, CA 95602  (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.
(530) 460-6475 View (530) 460-6475
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Granite Bay, CA 94756  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or, trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you, or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or, trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you, or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(323) 487-7038 View (323) 487-7038
Julie Hylton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 579-7198 View (916) 579-7198

Online Psychiatrists

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Remedy Psychiatry - Sacramento
Psychiatrist, MD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95864  (Online Only)
Are you struggling, and talk therapy hasn't helped and wondering if prescription medication might help you? But, you don't want to wait weeks or months to get an appointment or pay alot? You are not alone, and that is why we started Remedy. With Remedy, you can get unlimited online psychiatry appointments at an affordable price. We treat a wide range of mental health symptoms with a broad set of medications so you can live your best life. We are now in-network and accept Aetna, Cigna, Optum and United Healthcare insurance plans or you may pay a low monthly fee for unlimited appointments.
Are you struggling, and talk therapy hasn't helped and wondering if prescription medication might help you? But, you don't want to wait weeks or months to get an appointment or pay alot? You are not alone, and that is why we started Remedy. With Remedy, you can get unlimited online psychiatry appointments at an affordable price. We treat a wide range of mental health symptoms with a broad set of medications so you can live your best life. We are now in-network and accept Aetna, Cigna, Optum and United Healthcare insurance plans or you may pay a low monthly fee for unlimited appointments.
(916) 249-7097 View (916) 249-7097
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Michael J. Kron, MD Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology
Psychiatrist, MD, Meds, ADHD, Antidep, Anx
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Often, doctors can help. Allison D. wrote "I researched extensively in searching for a new psychiatrist, having moved away from my previous psychiatrist of 13 years. Once I found Dr. Kron, I stopped searching and got myself on his cancelation waiting list. Just before I was going to give up waiting and start searching again, he had a cancelation that allowed me to get in to see him. I can not express how thankful I am to have found him. He did the most comprehensive intake I have ever experienced. Absolutely focused on helping his patients and exploring deep to find solutions. By far the best psychiatrist I have ever had." 7/11/2023
Often, doctors can help. Allison D. wrote "I researched extensively in searching for a new psychiatrist, having moved away from my previous psychiatrist of 13 years. Once I found Dr. Kron, I stopped searching and got myself on his cancelation waiting list. Just before I was going to give up waiting and start searching again, he had a cancelation that allowed me to get in to see him. I can not express how thankful I am to have found him. He did the most comprehensive intake I have ever experienced. Absolutely focused on helping his patients and exploring deep to find solutions. By far the best psychiatrist I have ever had." 7/11/2023
(510) 878-4116 View (510) 878-4116

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Pilot Hill, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pilot Hill, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
60% ADHD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Magellan

How Psychiatrists in Pilot Hill, CA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pilot Hill?

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.