Psychiatrists in Solana Beach, CA

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Emily Palacio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Emily Palacio. I am bilingual. I speak English and Spanish. I am dually board certified as a doctoral-prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner in California. I have been in the medical field for over 20 years. I have 4 years of medication management experience and 1 year of experience in therapy training. I was an emergency department nurse for 17 years and have been practicing as a family nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente in family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, and dermatology specialties.
Welcome! My name is Emily Palacio. I am bilingual. I speak English and Spanish. I am dually board certified as a doctoral-prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner in California. I have been in the medical field for over 20 years. I have 4 years of medication management experience and 1 year of experience in therapy training. I was an emergency department nurse for 17 years and have been practicing as a family nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente in family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, and dermatology specialties.
(858) 808-2957 View (858) 808-2957
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Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (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.
(858) 251-6239 View (858) 251-6239
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Nasreen Safdar Rahman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
I have been working as a psych mental health nurse practitioner for the past 3 years in a nonprofit organization, but I have been in healthcare for the past 22 years and out of those 14 years I have been working as a family nurse practitioner with patients from diverse backgrounds in the family practice as well as urgent care setting. I have diverse life experience which includes teaching high school, college and nursing students preparing them for their bachelor's and master's programs.
I have been working as a psych mental health nurse practitioner for the past 3 years in a nonprofit organization, but I have been in healthcare for the past 22 years and out of those 14 years I have been working as a family nurse practitioner with patients from diverse backgrounds in the family practice as well as urgent care setting. I have diverse life experience which includes teaching high school, college and nursing students preparing them for their bachelor's and master's programs.
(858) 544-5055 View (858) 544-5055
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Katrina Pratcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Hi. How are you? I'm Katrina, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As you know, many people in this nation and around the world are experiencing psychological and mental discomfort. Our society is struggling because of inflation, strange new diseases, increase in crime and a multitude of other situations that impact out lives, thoughts relationships and overall ability to grow and live productive lives.
Hi. How are you? I'm Katrina, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As you know, many people in this nation and around the world are experiencing psychological and mental discomfort. Our society is struggling because of inflation, strange new diseases, increase in crime and a multitude of other situations that impact out lives, thoughts relationships and overall ability to grow and live productive lives.
(858) 544-3342 View (858) 544-3342
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Holly Valerio
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders including OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety. I also have expertise in treating a variety of other psychiatric illnesses including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, and psychotic disorders. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, my medical training at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and my residency training in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders including OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety. I also have expertise in treating a variety of other psychiatric illnesses including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, and psychotic disorders. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, my medical training at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and my residency training in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.
(858) 408-6225 View (858) 408-6225
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Dr. Nadia Nassar Kuhn | Seaside Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Dr. Nadia Nassar Kuhn, M.D., is the founder of Seaside Psychiatry, a practice renowned for its warm, genuine, and authentic care provided by highly trained physicians in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Specializing in serving professionals, executives, high performers, and their families, Dr. Nassar Kuhn leads a team of compassionate and relatable psychiatrists dedicated to a patient-centered and personalized approach.
Dr. Nadia Nassar Kuhn, M.D., is the founder of Seaside Psychiatry, a practice renowned for its warm, genuine, and authentic care provided by highly trained physicians in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Specializing in serving professionals, executives, high performers, and their families, Dr. Nassar Kuhn leads a team of compassionate and relatable psychiatrists dedicated to a patient-centered and personalized approach.
(858) 298-3193 View (858) 298-3193
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Anthony Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Do you feel unfulfilled in your life? Struggling to find direction in certain areas including work, health, and relationships? Is it hard to be happy with yourself and your current state of life? With my experience I can help you manage this uncertainty to avoid further anxiety and distress. We can work together to identify what's not working in order to help you move forward.
Do you feel unfulfilled in your life? Struggling to find direction in certain areas including work, health, and relationships? Is it hard to be happy with yourself and your current state of life? With my experience I can help you manage this uncertainty to avoid further anxiety and distress. We can work together to identify what's not working in order to help you move forward.
(858) 648-6351 View (858) 648-6351
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Dr. Troy Kurz
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Dr. Troy Kurz MD, MS is a board-certified child & adolescent psychiatrist, specializing in psychopharmacology, ketamine treatment, integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy. He sees patients of all ages, but has a keen interest in children and adolescence. He cares for a patients with a wide range of mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD and personality disorders. Pertaining to pediatrics and adolescents—he concentrates on autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, LGBTQIA+ health, trauma, and mood disorders.
Dr. Troy Kurz MD, MS is a board-certified child & adolescent psychiatrist, specializing in psychopharmacology, ketamine treatment, integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy. He sees patients of all ages, but has a keen interest in children and adolescence. He cares for a patients with a wide range of mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD and personality disorders. Pertaining to pediatrics and adolescents—he concentrates on autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, LGBTQIA+ health, trauma, and mood disorders.
(858) 758-7995 View (858) 758-7995
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Jamie Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Jamie. I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner which means generally people see me for medication evaluations and management to improve their mental health. My role is not limited to prescribing and I am a strong believer in the benefit of psychotherapy. My approach is very patient-centered and I am creative in integrating a variety of approaches, utilizing both medication and psychotherapeutic modalities, in my work with patients. My approach to medication management is founded in neurochemistry and neurobiology, tailored to each individual and their symptoms.
Hi, my name is Jamie. I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner which means generally people see me for medication evaluations and management to improve their mental health. My role is not limited to prescribing and I am a strong believer in the benefit of psychotherapy. My approach is very patient-centered and I am creative in integrating a variety of approaches, utilizing both medication and psychotherapeutic modalities, in my work with patients. My approach to medication management is founded in neurochemistry and neurobiology, tailored to each individual and their symptoms.
(858) 533-0894 View (858) 533-0894
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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (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!
(858) 299-1346 View (858) 299-1346
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Lydia Owuor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a licenses Professional Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in California.
Hi! I am a licenses Professional Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in California.
(858) 365-8307 View (858) 365-8307
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Jose Menendez Interiano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHNP-BC
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Hello everyone, I’m Jose. Mental health is a journey that may bring about multiple and complex behavioral situations to our lives. Thus, have you ever felt like giving up? Lack of enjoyment or motivation in your life? Have you noticed an aura of disengagement with your friends, family, or coworkers? Are you increasingly developing low frustration tolerance that keeps you from feeling accomplished in your daily life, whether is from symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood instability, substance use or psychosis? You are not alone! And we can form a caring team centered according to your individual situation.
Hello everyone, I’m Jose. Mental health is a journey that may bring about multiple and complex behavioral situations to our lives. Thus, have you ever felt like giving up? Lack of enjoyment or motivation in your life? Have you noticed an aura of disengagement with your friends, family, or coworkers? Are you increasingly developing low frustration tolerance that keeps you from feeling accomplished in your daily life, whether is from symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood instability, substance use or psychosis? You are not alone! And we can form a caring team centered according to your individual situation.
(858) 358-7438 View (858) 358-7438
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WellPsyche Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 363-4991 View (424) 363-4991
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Trinette Radasa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS) based in California. I received my Doctorate in Nursing Practice and FNP Certificate from University of Texas at El Paso, Masters in Nursing with ACNS focus and PMHNP Certificates from New Mexico State University, and have been practicing for approximately 8 years as a PMHNP. I currently treat a wide range of adolescents and adults using various psychotherapy and medication modalities.
Hi! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS) based in California. I received my Doctorate in Nursing Practice and FNP Certificate from University of Texas at El Paso, Masters in Nursing with ACNS focus and PMHNP Certificates from New Mexico State University, and have been practicing for approximately 8 years as a PMHNP. I currently treat a wide range of adolescents and adults using various psychotherapy and medication modalities.
(858) 723-0194 View (858) 723-0194
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 363-4654 View (424) 363-4654
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Karen Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Karen is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults.
Karen is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults.
(858) 544-3133 View (858) 544-3133
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Andrea Mann
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Integrating therapy, medication and complementary treatments. I have an open, integrative approach with experience working with a wide range of ages, disorders, and cultural backgrounds. I have a special interest in coaching parents, helping individuals with anxiety disorders, difficulty with professional and personal relationships, and individuals going through life transitions.
Integrating therapy, medication and complementary treatments. I have an open, integrative approach with experience working with a wide range of ages, disorders, and cultural backgrounds. I have a special interest in coaching parents, helping individuals with anxiety disorders, difficulty with professional and personal relationships, and individuals going through life transitions.
(858) 923-4769 View (858) 923-4769
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WellPsyche Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 374-0250 View (424) 374-0250
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Spectrum Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, WHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Helping you live your best life! As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders in ages 13 to 64. Whether you are dealing with a stressful situation, a new mental health issue or ongoing issues, I am committed to meeting you wherever you are in your journey. I have a special interest in women's mental health as well as working with young adults & LGBTQ+ populations. To learn more about my practice or to schedule, visit my website. I always make time for my patients offering in person, virtual and Saturday appointments to meet your needs.
Helping you live your best life! As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders in ages 13 to 64. Whether you are dealing with a stressful situation, a new mental health issue or ongoing issues, I am committed to meeting you wherever you are in your journey. I have a special interest in women's mental health as well as working with young adults & LGBTQ+ populations. To learn more about my practice or to schedule, visit my website. I always make time for my patients offering in person, virtual and Saturday appointments to meet your needs.
(480) 680-7951 View (480) 680-7951
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Benedicta Osuji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
Benedicta Osuji is a passionate and caring provider to her patients. She believes that it is important to consider biological, psychological, and social factors when addressing behavioral health concerns, she is passionate and caring to her patients.
Benedicta Osuji is a passionate and caring provider to her patients. She believes that it is important to consider biological, psychological, and social factors when addressing behavioral health concerns, she is passionate and caring to her patients.
(213) 816-7843 View (213) 816-7843
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Number of Psychiatrists in Solana Beach, CA

50+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Solana Beach, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% ADHD
75% Bipolar Disorder
72% Trauma and PTSD
58% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
96% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Solana Beach, CA see their clients

77% Online Only
23% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Solana Beach?

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.