Psychiatrists in Sacramento County, CA

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Jeremy Ernst
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
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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Melissa Maxwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630  (Online Only)
I strive to create a collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship begins with understanding my clients as they see themselves and the goals that they have for themselves. This understanding allows for an individual treatment plan to be created which may include medication management, motivational interviewing, and brief supportive therapy to address my client's needs. I believe that the best treatment outcomes are found in a multidisciplinary treatment approach, therefore I often encourage my clients to consider combined treatment with a therapist.
I strive to create a collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship begins with understanding my clients as they see themselves and the goals that they have for themselves. This understanding allows for an individual treatment plan to be created which may include medication management, motivational interviewing, and brief supportive therapy to address my client's needs. I believe that the best treatment outcomes are found in a multidisciplinary treatment approach, therefore I often encourage my clients to consider combined treatment with a therapist.
(279) 529-5196 View (279) 529-5196
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Eriam Solome Nnamaliri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
I am a board certified-nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in mental health. I have worked with children and adults in both outpatient and inpatient settings at Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, respectively. I specialize in the treatment of mental disorders among adolescents ages 15 to 18, adults, ages 19 to 65. My experience includes managing depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, attention deficit disorder, early dementia, anger, stress, and insomnia.
I am a board certified-nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in mental health. I have worked with children and adults in both outpatient and inpatient settings at Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, respectively. I specialize in the treatment of mental disorders among adolescents ages 15 to 18, adults, ages 19 to 65. My experience includes managing depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, attention deficit disorder, early dementia, anger, stress, and insomnia.
(916) 526-3724 View (916) 526-3724
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Curt Espinoza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
I provide client centered medication management and therapy. I know that everyone has a unique story and challenges, and because of this, I work together with clients to make a care plan individualized for them. My goal is to help you achieve your goals.
I provide client centered medication management and therapy. I know that everyone has a unique story and challenges, and because of this, I work together with clients to make a care plan individualized for them. My goal is to help you achieve your goals.
(916) 252-1697 View (916) 252-1697
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Sung Park
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
(916) 656-0437 View (916) 656-0437
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Well Psyche Medical Group Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
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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Mindful Health Solution - Rhea Singson-Tapang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825  (Online Only)
I take care of patients, include help with prescribing and managing medications, who have a variety of psychiatric disorders such as Major Depressive Disorders (MDD), bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders.
I take care of patients, include help with prescribing and managing medications, who have a variety of psychiatric disorders such as Major Depressive Disorders (MDD), bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders.
(916) 318-5729 View (916) 318-5729
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Ijeoma Ajayi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Ijeoma is dual board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner. She has over 20 years of experience and helps adults with anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Ijeoma has a holistic approach and collaborates closely with her patients on an individualized treatment plan, providing psychopharmacological education and mindfulness. Ijeoma has experience providing care in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and correctional settings.
Ijeoma is dual board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner. She has over 20 years of experience and helps adults with anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Ijeoma has a holistic approach and collaborates closely with her patients on an individualized treatment plan, providing psychopharmacological education and mindfulness. Ijeoma has experience providing care in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and correctional settings.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Open Minds Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95834  (Online Only)
Halima Lawal is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) trained and experienced in treating patients with mental health conditions across the lifespan. She graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Psychiatry from the University of South Alabama in 2020. During the span of her career, she has served as a mentor and is enthusiastic about learning and teaching. She completed her training for psychiatry in the inpatient, outpatient, and telepsychiatry settings. She is passionate about what she does and is invested in positive patient outcomes and overall wellbeing.
Halima Lawal is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) trained and experienced in treating patients with mental health conditions across the lifespan. She graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Psychiatry from the University of South Alabama in 2020. During the span of her career, she has served as a mentor and is enthusiastic about learning and teaching. She completed her training for psychiatry in the inpatient, outpatient, and telepsychiatry settings. She is passionate about what she does and is invested in positive patient outcomes and overall wellbeing.
(530) 771-6624 View (530) 771-6624
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Melissa Fisher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
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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Martina Nankivell
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
Accepting New Patients - Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
(916) 883-0842 View (916) 883-0842
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Dr. Danielle Alexander
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
I am a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist based in Sacramento, California. Virtual appointments available throughout California.
I am a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist based in Sacramento, California. Virtual appointments available throughout California.
(916) 975-8530 View (916) 975-8530
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Mindful Health Solutions - Kevin Rosi, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I specialize in treating patients with Mood Depressive Disorders (MDD), which, according to the Centers for Disease Control, may impact 14-17% of the adult population in their lifetime. Also known as "clinical depression", patients who suffer from this may be treated with medication, interventional psychotherapy, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
I specialize in treating patients with Mood Depressive Disorders (MDD), which, according to the Centers for Disease Control, may impact 14-17% of the adult population in their lifetime. Also known as "clinical depression", patients who suffer from this may be treated with medication, interventional psychotherapy, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
(844) 525-6246 View (844) 525-6246
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Julia Reece
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Julia C. Reece is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2013. She has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, an MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed her Psychiatry residency at UC Davis Medical Center Psychiatry Training Program. Julia takes an individualized, patient-centered approach to care. As a psychiatrist, she prescribes medications when needed, provides psychotherapy as her schedule allows, and always supports patients in improving their overall health and wellbeing.
Julia C. Reece is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2013. She has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, an MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed her Psychiatry residency at UC Davis Medical Center Psychiatry Training Program. Julia takes an individualized, patient-centered approach to care. As a psychiatrist, she prescribes medications when needed, provides psychotherapy as her schedule allows, and always supports patients in improving their overall health and wellbeing.
(916) 702-3647 View (916) 702-3647
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Mia Abigail Mateo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elk Grove, CA 95757  (Online Only)
I am ANCC- certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, also with MSN- FNP- C. I provide comprehensive assessment, psychoeducation, and psychiatric interventions such as medication management and psychotherapy. I speak Tagalog and English. Through my empathetic approach and strong therapeutic interactions with patients, I seek to create an environment of safety and encouragement in which people feel empowered to address their mental health challenges. I work with patients, families, and other healthcare providers to create tailored treatment regimens promoting overall health and recovery.
I am ANCC- certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, also with MSN- FNP- C. I provide comprehensive assessment, psychoeducation, and psychiatric interventions such as medication management and psychotherapy. I speak Tagalog and English. Through my empathetic approach and strong therapeutic interactions with patients, I seek to create an environment of safety and encouragement in which people feel empowered to address their mental health challenges. I work with patients, families, and other healthcare providers to create tailored treatment regimens promoting overall health and recovery.
(916) 237-1381 View (916) 237-1381
Dr. Geetha Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95827  (Online Only)
Dr. Geetha Reddy graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology, and earned her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. She completed General Psychiatry training at University of California, San Francisco, and fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Northwestern University. She additionally obtained a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. She is an active member of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.
Dr. Geetha Reddy graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology, and earned her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. She completed General Psychiatry training at University of California, San Francisco, and fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Northwestern University. She additionally obtained a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. She is an active member of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.
(916) 619-2757 View (916) 619-2757
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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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Navneet Kaur Mann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95829  (Online Only)
Navneet Mann is a dual board certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her family nurse practitioner from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA, and her psychiatric nurse practitioner from National University in San Diego, CA. She earned her terminal degree in Nursing with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2022 from Grand Canyon University. Her ideal client is someone seeking comprehensive mental healthcare, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management, and therapy for psychiatric disorders.
Navneet Mann is a dual board certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her family nurse practitioner from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA, and her psychiatric nurse practitioner from National University in San Diego, CA. She earned her terminal degree in Nursing with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2022 from Grand Canyon University. Her ideal client is someone seeking comprehensive mental healthcare, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management, and therapy for psychiatric disorders.
(559) 245-5602 View (559) 245-5602
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Kara Zertuche
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
I am a licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have been practicing exclusively in mental health since 2021. am passionate about mental health, and I enjoy therapeutically helping patients with medication management. My approach centers around meeting people where they are and shared decision making. To me, this means I work together with patients as a team, and I provide up-to-date and evidence-based information to help guide the decision-making process. I have a non-judgmental, supportive, empathetic, and warm style.
I am a licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have been practicing exclusively in mental health since 2021. am passionate about mental health, and I enjoy therapeutically helping patients with medication management. My approach centers around meeting people where they are and shared decision making. To me, this means I work together with patients as a team, and I provide up-to-date and evidence-based information to help guide the decision-making process. I have a non-judgmental, supportive, empathetic, and warm style.
(916) 694-0355 View (916) 694-0355
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Sacred Space Psychiatric Nursing, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
Michal is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over 19 years in the nursing profession. She has experience caring for diverse patient populations in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. Throughout her career, Michal has seen the increasing need for quality mental health care and is dedicated to providing exceptional care for her patients. She delivers patient-centered nonjudgemental care and has a passion for decreasing the stigma related to mental health.
Michal is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over 19 years in the nursing profession. She has experience caring for diverse patient populations in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. Throughout her career, Michal has seen the increasing need for quality mental health care and is dedicated to providing exceptional care for her patients. She delivers patient-centered nonjudgemental care and has a passion for decreasing the stigma related to mental health.
(530) 270-3820 View (530) 270-3820

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Number of Psychiatrists in Sacramento County, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$197

Psychiatrists in Sacramento County, CA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
77% ADHD
77% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
74% Trauma and PTSD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
93% Optum
92% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Sacramento County, CA see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sacramento County?

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.