Psychiatrists in Bonita Springs, FL

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Allpure Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Hello! My name is Stephen Poulos, MD and I am the founder and director of Allpure Behavioral Health. We are not your average psychiatric clinic. We provide full spectrum psychiatric/addiction care in a welcoming, friendly, non-judgemental environment where you can be you. We provide medication management, therapy, coaching, addiction treatment & more. I was voted one of the best psychiatrists in the area and our center is also LegitScript certified. Let's end the stigma once & for all. Your mental health matters, so take the time to prioritize self-care and nurture your wellbeing with us at Allpure Behavioral Health.
Hello! My name is Stephen Poulos, MD and I am the founder and director of Allpure Behavioral Health. We are not your average psychiatric clinic. We provide full spectrum psychiatric/addiction care in a welcoming, friendly, non-judgemental environment where you can be you. We provide medication management, therapy, coaching, addiction treatment & more. I was voted one of the best psychiatrists in the area and our center is also LegitScript certified. Let's end the stigma once & for all. Your mental health matters, so take the time to prioritize self-care and nurture your wellbeing with us at Allpure Behavioral Health.
(239) 758-9332 View (239) 758-9332
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Leonard A Lado
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, RPh
Verified Verified
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Welcome my name is Dr. Leonard A. Lado MD I am Founder and Medical Director of Lado Healing Institute, My practice is one of the largest Independent Psychiatry practice in Southwest Florida. Our specialty is the treatment of non-Methadone Detox, Oxycontin and Pain Killer Addiction, Cocaine Addiction, Alcohol dependence, and Crystal Meth Addiction using state of the art outpatient Suboxone medication treatments. Our Care Philosophy: Patients are intelligent and able to make choices in collaboration with their physicians.
Welcome my name is Dr. Leonard A. Lado MD I am Founder and Medical Director of Lado Healing Institute, My practice is one of the largest Independent Psychiatry practice in Southwest Florida. Our specialty is the treatment of non-Methadone Detox, Oxycontin and Pain Killer Addiction, Cocaine Addiction, Alcohol dependence, and Crystal Meth Addiction using state of the art outpatient Suboxone medication treatments. Our Care Philosophy: Patients are intelligent and able to make choices in collaboration with their physicians.
(239) 214-7455 View (239) 214-7455
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Gina Valo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bonita Springs, FL 34134  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my ideal clients are individuals of all ages facing mental health challenges. They may struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma-related issues, or substance use disorders. Their needs include accurate assessments, personalized treatment plans, therapy, medication management, and support. Our goals are to alleviate symptoms, enhance coping skills, improve overall functioning, foster resilience, and promote long-term well-being. Together, we strive to empower clients on their journey towards optimal mental health and a fulfilling life.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my ideal clients are individuals of all ages facing mental health challenges. They may struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma-related issues, or substance use disorders. Their needs include accurate assessments, personalized treatment plans, therapy, medication management, and support. Our goals are to alleviate symptoms, enhance coping skills, improve overall functioning, foster resilience, and promote long-term well-being. Together, we strive to empower clients on their journey towards optimal mental health and a fulfilling life.
(239) 758-9665 View (239) 758-9665
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Alexis Dmytryk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Welcome! Our practice Accepting new Clients! I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, Schizophrenia. I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority with many years of experience in outpatient and inpatient settings . My goal is to partner with each of you to formulate a treatment plan we can use to work toward achieving full remission of symptoms and the highest level of function and quality of life possible.I am empathetic and compassionate and will listen you to understand you concern.
Welcome! Our practice Accepting new Clients! I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, Schizophrenia. I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority with many years of experience in outpatient and inpatient settings . My goal is to partner with each of you to formulate a treatment plan we can use to work toward achieving full remission of symptoms and the highest level of function and quality of life possible.I am empathetic and compassionate and will listen you to understand you concern.
(561) 418-6704 View (561) 418-6704
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Bonita Springs, FL 34135  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 218-5966 View (321) 218-5966
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Empathy Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bonita Springs, FL 34134  (Online Only)
Monteena Lane, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, is a fervent advocate for mental health, dedicated to providing comprehensive care to individuals across the lifespan. With extensive qualifications including a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Monteena excels in education, advocacy, and therapy within her field. She tirelessly champions the destigmatization of mental illness while advocating for evidence-based practices, employing a patient-centered approach to therapy that integrates clinical expertise with the latest research.
Monteena Lane, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, is a fervent advocate for mental health, dedicated to providing comprehensive care to individuals across the lifespan. With extensive qualifications including a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Monteena excels in education, advocacy, and therapy within her field. She tirelessly champions the destigmatization of mental illness while advocating for evidence-based practices, employing a patient-centered approach to therapy that integrates clinical expertise with the latest research.
(239) 376-4433 View (239) 376-4433

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Sunshine Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Estero, FL 33928
I offer medication management with basic therapy. My ideal client is the person looking to gain control of their daily life and is willing to comply with treatment modalities. The best result will come from the individual whom has support at home and away from the practice. I offer appointments in both English and Spanish; depending on what is most comfortable to our patients.
I offer medication management with basic therapy. My ideal client is the person looking to gain control of their daily life and is willing to comply with treatment modalities. The best result will come from the individual whom has support at home and away from the practice. I offer appointments in both English and Spanish; depending on what is most comfortable to our patients.
(239) 360-9619 View (239) 360-9619
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Naples, FL 34108  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for same day telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Virtual Psychiatric Care offers affordable tele-psych services. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Now Accepting Medicare, Optum, and Cigna (Evernorth) Insurance.
Accepting new patients for same day telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Virtual Psychiatric Care offers affordable tele-psych services. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Now Accepting Medicare, Optum, and Cigna (Evernorth) Insurance.
(305) 376-7352 View (305) 376-7352
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Brent Lovett
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Brent Lovett, MD is board certified in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry and has experience in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, community mental health and military medicine. He specializes in the treatment mood, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health conditions.
Brent Lovett, MD is board certified in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry and has experience in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, community mental health and military medicine. He specializes in the treatment mood, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health conditions.
(239) 237-5053 View (239) 237-5053
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Shelley T Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naples, FL 34110
Hello! I am board certified as a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. I comprehensively assess each person's individual needs. I am a compassionate provider, practicing by the Golden Rule philosophy. I provide a safe, trusting, caring environment where patients feel heard, understood, and comfortable sharing their experiences without fear of judgement. I work collaboratively with patients and families in developing their personalized treatment plans and providing them with the skills they need to build their best lives. I believe in providing patients with education, coping skills, and personal empowerment to succeed.
Hello! I am board certified as a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. I comprehensively assess each person's individual needs. I am a compassionate provider, practicing by the Golden Rule philosophy. I provide a safe, trusting, caring environment where patients feel heard, understood, and comfortable sharing their experiences without fear of judgement. I work collaboratively with patients and families in developing their personalized treatment plans and providing them with the skills they need to build their best lives. I believe in providing patients with education, coping skills, and personal empowerment to succeed.
(239) 880-2901 View (239) 880-2901
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Amol Chaugule
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Estero, FL 33928
CURRENTLY PROVIDING TELEPSYCHIATRY SERVICES IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA. Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or problems dealing with your feelings, it can feel overwhelming to try and deal with all of this by yourself. Not wanting to face your pain is normal and it's sometimes just too scary to do it on your own. Together we can help you face your problems in a supportive and safe space. I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a deep interest in psychotherapy and expertise in prescribing medications. Having expertise in psychotherapy helps me prescribe medications only if needed and in a conservative
CURRENTLY PROVIDING TELEPSYCHIATRY SERVICES IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA. Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or problems dealing with your feelings, it can feel overwhelming to try and deal with all of this by yourself. Not wanting to face your pain is normal and it's sometimes just too scary to do it on your own. Together we can help you face your problems in a supportive and safe space. I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a deep interest in psychotherapy and expertise in prescribing medications. Having expertise in psychotherapy helps me prescribe medications only if needed and in a conservative
(813) 210-9962 View (813) 210-9962
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Estero, FL 33928
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(239) 268-9113 View (239) 268-9113
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Mary A Ravelo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naples, FL 34103
My name is Mary A Ravelo MD after more than 25 years doing mostly inpatient and emergency adult and geriatric psychiatrist i decided to do private practice for those that need me the most the elderly with cognitive problems , all types of Dementia and their complications and many other neurological illness that affect our emotions and our life like Parkinson’s disease , while trying to find a balance of improving our minds and health with the least amount of medications while taken care of the body as a whole , i also have high interest in helping elder with parkinson or ant dementia with more effective medications now.
My name is Mary A Ravelo MD after more than 25 years doing mostly inpatient and emergency adult and geriatric psychiatrist i decided to do private practice for those that need me the most the elderly with cognitive problems , all types of Dementia and their complications and many other neurological illness that affect our emotions and our life like Parkinson’s disease , while trying to find a balance of improving our minds and health with the least amount of medications while taken care of the body as a whole , i also have high interest in helping elder with parkinson or ant dementia with more effective medications now.
(239) 320-8668 View (239) 320-8668
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Dr. Harvey Shapiro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naples, FL 34110
There are times when no matter how hard we try, it is more difficult to face a problem.
There are times when no matter how hard we try, it is more difficult to face a problem.
(239) 422-6810 View (239) 422-6810
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Jo Ortiz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Naples, FL 34103
Hello and welcome! I'm Jo Ortiz and It's truly a pleasure to meet you. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Phoenix Behavioral Group, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and expert care for those navigating the complexities of mental health. With a commitment to empowering individuals towards improved well-being, I'm here to support your journey with understanding, expertise, and empathy. Serving the vibrant communities of Florida with bilingual services in English and Spanish, I strive to create a space where everyone feels welcome and valued.
Hello and welcome! I'm Jo Ortiz and It's truly a pleasure to meet you. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Phoenix Behavioral Group, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and expert care for those navigating the complexities of mental health. With a commitment to empowering individuals towards improved well-being, I'm here to support your journey with understanding, expertise, and empathy. Serving the vibrant communities of Florida with bilingual services in English and Spanish, I strive to create a space where everyone feels welcome and valued.
(239) 363-6763 View (239) 363-6763
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naples, FL 34103
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(239) 326-6298 View (239) 326-6298
Photo of Melanie Orben, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bonita Springs, FL
Melanie Orben
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Naples, FL 34110  (Online Only)
I am dual board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. This allows me to look at the whole picture of both mental health and overall wellness. Integrative psychiatry where we do genetic testing and lab work to be able to find the right medications for you, as well as make sure we are not missing anything organic such as thyroid or hormones.
I am dual board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. This allows me to look at the whole picture of both mental health and overall wellness. Integrative psychiatry where we do genetic testing and lab work to be able to find the right medications for you, as well as make sure we are not missing anything organic such as thyroid or hormones.
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Joyce A Tinsley
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Naples, FL 34119
JT Virtual Psychiatry LLC
JT Virtual Psychiatry LLC
(860) 407-3994 View (860) 407-3994
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Advanced Psychiatric Health - Naples
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Naples, FL 34103
Dr. William (Bill) DeWolf is a distinguished psychiatrist who has dedicated his career to helping patients overcome complex mental health conditions by leveraging the latest advances in psychiatric interventions. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, PTSD, substance use disorder, and OCD.
Dr. William (Bill) DeWolf is a distinguished psychiatrist who has dedicated his career to helping patients overcome complex mental health conditions by leveraging the latest advances in psychiatric interventions. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, PTSD, substance use disorder, and OCD.
(239) 977-9051 View (239) 977-9051
Psychiatry of Naples
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MEd
Verified Verified
Naples, FL 34108
Octavia Deuschle, PMHNP is board certified in general psychiatry and has over two decades in mental health. Her experience spans a variety of clinical settings including private practice, community mental health and pharmaceutical research trials. She specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health conditions, and retains privileges with Park Royal Hospital. Additionally, Ms. Deuschle has significant experience in treating patients with co-occurring disorders. In her private practice she sees adults, teens and families for medication management and psychotherapy.
Octavia Deuschle, PMHNP is board certified in general psychiatry and has over two decades in mental health. Her experience spans a variety of clinical settings including private practice, community mental health and pharmaceutical research trials. She specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health conditions, and retains privileges with Park Royal Hospital. Additionally, Ms. Deuschle has significant experience in treating patients with co-occurring disorders. In her private practice she sees adults, teens and families for medication management and psychotherapy.
(239) 326-0435 View (239) 326-0435

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Number of Psychiatrists in Bonita Springs, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bonita Springs, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
83% Relationship Issues
83% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Bonita Springs, FL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bonita Springs?

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.