Psychiatrists in Lake County, FL

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Natasha Vernon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Dora, FL 32757
She has over 10 years of nursing experience in various specialties within the medical field. Throughout her career, she has treated a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. She is truly passionate about providing care for people suffering with mental illness.
She has over 10 years of nursing experience in various specialties within the medical field. Throughout her career, she has treated a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. She is truly passionate about providing care for people suffering with mental illness.
(352) 758-3624 View (352) 758-3624
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Verdant Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34712  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My name is Erika Cortes, I am a bilingual nurse practitioner who specializes in psychiatric mental health and can provide same day telehealth consultation, late nights and weekends. Visit my website to make a free 15 minute 'meet and great'. I have practiced in family health, hospital setting, geriatric rehab and other medical specialties. I have a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner masters.
My name is Erika Cortes, I am a bilingual nurse practitioner who specializes in psychiatric mental health and can provide same day telehealth consultation, late nights and weekends. Visit my website to make a free 15 minute 'meet and great'. I have practiced in family health, hospital setting, geriatric rehab and other medical specialties. I have a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner masters.
(352) 437-6275 View (352) 437-6275
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Victoria Jacoby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mount Dora, FL 32757
I specialize in helping clients from all walks of life with their mental health journey. From anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, controlled schizophrenia to weight loss, workplace burnout, and emotional support; you can always find a safe space here. I focus on self care and self love as the biggest focus because if you can’t love yourself, how can you continue to fill others from an empty cup? We often forget in our busy life that we need to stop and make time for ourselves. My goal is to help every client live life to the best of their ability. I believe that medications are a tool in mental wellness not a requirement.
I specialize in helping clients from all walks of life with their mental health journey. From anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, controlled schizophrenia to weight loss, workplace burnout, and emotional support; you can always find a safe space here. I focus on self care and self love as the biggest focus because if you can’t love yourself, how can you continue to fill others from an empty cup? We often forget in our busy life that we need to stop and make time for ourselves. My goal is to help every client live life to the best of their ability. I believe that medications are a tool in mental wellness not a requirement.
(352) 605-8003 View (352) 605-8003
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Stacy Felix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
I have an extensive history working with veterans and, as a provider my goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of the patients, their families and communities I serve. I strive to build a therapeutic relationship and provide holistic care of the mind, body, and spirit for those who have entrusted me with their care. It's an honor and privilege to serve the needs of those who may be struggling. I will walk with you on your journey and devote myself to helping you achieve optimal results.
I have an extensive history working with veterans and, as a provider my goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of the patients, their families and communities I serve. I strive to build a therapeutic relationship and provide holistic care of the mind, body, and spirit for those who have entrusted me with their care. It's an honor and privilege to serve the needs of those who may be struggling. I will walk with you on your journey and devote myself to helping you achieve optimal results.
(407) 725-0012 View (407) 725-0012
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Optimum Care Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP
Verified Verified
Montverde, FL 34756
Clients can expect customized treatment tailored to meet their specific mental health condition. Collaborative care, promoting always a safe, comfortable environment that empowers clients to share without hesitation or reservation. My goal is to assist every client to achieve optimum results, tangible goals, which vary among clients.
Clients can expect customized treatment tailored to meet their specific mental health condition. Collaborative care, promoting always a safe, comfortable environment that empowers clients to share without hesitation or reservation. My goal is to assist every client to achieve optimum results, tangible goals, which vary among clients.
(352) 675-3851 View (352) 675-3851
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Dr. Sharon A Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to provide my clients with integrative care of the mind, body, and spirit and to advocate for clients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to provide my clients with integrative care of the mind, body, and spirit and to advocate for clients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion.
(352) 675-3427 View (352) 675-3427
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Valentine Anyiam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Villages, FL 32159
Valentine Anyiam, MD Valentine Anyiam is a Psychiatrist in Florida who has been practicing since 2018. Valentine believes in a treatment philosophy that strives for complete resolution of a patients symptoms. In his spare time, Valentine enjoys rock climbing, basketball, martial arts, watching movies, learning languages, and reading.
Valentine Anyiam, MD Valentine Anyiam is a Psychiatrist in Florida who has been practicing since 2018. Valentine believes in a treatment philosophy that strives for complete resolution of a patients symptoms. In his spare time, Valentine enjoys rock climbing, basketball, martial arts, watching movies, learning languages, and reading.
(352) 251-1641 View (352) 251-1641
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Kris Haukoos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
50 Endorsed
Mount Dora, FL 32757  (Online Only)
I love working with clients in various stages of their life. Our mental health needs change depending on where we are in life and sometimes you can feel like you've lost your way. I see children, teens, college students, and adults. Additionally, I provide care for expectant and postpartum mothers. I am experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and behavioral issues like oppositional defiant disorder.
I love working with clients in various stages of their life. Our mental health needs change depending on where we are in life and sometimes you can feel like you've lost your way. I see children, teens, college students, and adults. Additionally, I provide care for expectant and postpartum mothers. I am experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and behavioral issues like oppositional defiant disorder.
(352) 660-7681 View (352) 660-7681
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Solace Virtual Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clermont, FL 34714
Not accepting new clients
The purpose and intent of my practice, Solace Virtual Psychiatric Care, is to use my knowledge and skill set to inspire you to begin building your most optimal life. At Solace, we strive to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for learning and practicing the tools to respond to life’s challenges.
The purpose and intent of my practice, Solace Virtual Psychiatric Care, is to use my knowledge and skill set to inspire you to begin building your most optimal life. At Solace, we strive to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for learning and practicing the tools to respond to life’s challenges.
(321) 336-5860 View (321) 336-5860
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Amy Bockelkamp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clermont, FL 34711
My clinical passions include mental health for organ transplant patients, rheumatology and fibromyalgia patients, support for individuals experiencing infertility or pregnancy loss, and mental health support for teenage and college-age students. I have overcome personal challenges and bring authentic empathy, a deep sense of compassion, and nonjudgment to all my patients. I believe in lifelong learning, professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, and, most importantly, caring for individuals at both their highest and lowest points in life.
My clinical passions include mental health for organ transplant patients, rheumatology and fibromyalgia patients, support for individuals experiencing infertility or pregnancy loss, and mental health support for teenage and college-age students. I have overcome personal challenges and bring authentic empathy, a deep sense of compassion, and nonjudgment to all my patients. I believe in lifelong learning, professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, and, most importantly, caring for individuals at both their highest and lowest points in life.
(352) 747-8004 View (352) 747-8004
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Alina Community Center at Mount Dora LlC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Alina Community Center is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Community Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission
Alina Community Center is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Community Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission
(352) 290-8718 View (352) 290-8718
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and 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 in our network of clinics and 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.
(352) 268-9087 View (352) 268-9087
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Kelly Spence
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
Graduated UTSW and completed internal medicine/psychiatry residency at KUMC. Double boarded in internal medicine and psychiatry.
Graduated UTSW and completed internal medicine/psychiatry residency at KUMC. Double boarded in internal medicine and psychiatry.
(321) 203-0576 View (321) 203-0576
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Tysam Beckett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
Tysam Beckett is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2021. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Master of Science in Nursing. She is credentialed as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) "“ Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Tysam can provide assessment, diagnosis and medication for mental health conditions or substance use disorders. Tysam believes in providing a holistic, evidence-based treatment plan for her patients.
Tysam Beckett is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2021. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Master of Science in Nursing. She is credentialed as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) "“ Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Tysam can provide assessment, diagnosis and medication for mental health conditions or substance use disorders. Tysam believes in providing a holistic, evidence-based treatment plan for her patients.
(321) 450-7696 View (321) 450-7696
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Keisha Gordon-Primus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eustis, FL 32726  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a dual board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) serving adults who are struggling with mental anguish. I see clients 18 years of age and older for psychotropic medication management and brief interpersonal therapy. I do not believe in prescribing or treating in a "one size fits all" fashion. I value input and feedback from my patients, educating them on the intricacies of the mental health system and advocating for their recovery from a patient-centered approach. I am comfortable working with patients from all backgrounds.
Hello, I am a dual board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) serving adults who are struggling with mental anguish. I see clients 18 years of age and older for psychotropic medication management and brief interpersonal therapy. I do not believe in prescribing or treating in a "one size fits all" fashion. I value input and feedback from my patients, educating them on the intricacies of the mental health system and advocating for their recovery from a patient-centered approach. I am comfortable working with patients from all backgrounds.
(352) 747-9141 View (352) 747-9141
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
The Villages, FL 32159
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and 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 in our network of clinics and 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) 249-2608 View (321) 249-2608
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Veona P Sinanon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Groveland, FL 34736  (Online Only)
When envisioning my ideal client, I see someone who is courageous and committed to their journey of mental health and well-being. My ideal client recognizes the importance of seeking support and is ready to engage in the therapeutic process with openness and honesty. Their issues may vary, ranging from anxiety and depression to more complex psychiatric conditions. However, what sets them apart is their willingness to confront these challenges head-on and work towards positive change.
When envisioning my ideal client, I see someone who is courageous and committed to their journey of mental health and well-being. My ideal client recognizes the importance of seeking support and is ready to engage in the therapeutic process with openness and honesty. Their issues may vary, ranging from anxiety and depression to more complex psychiatric conditions. However, what sets them apart is their willingness to confront these challenges head-on and work towards positive change.
(352) 496-8911 View (352) 496-8911
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Julie Davisson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
The Villages, FL 32159
Julie Davisson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in that capacity since 2020. She started in nursing in 2007 after receiving her BSN from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Julie returned to earn her Master of Science in nursing from Marymount University in Arlington, VA in 2013. After working several years as a family nurse practitioner, she became most interested in helping patients suffering from psychiatric illnesses. In 2020, she earned a post-graduate certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.
Julie Davisson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in that capacity since 2020. She started in nursing in 2007 after receiving her BSN from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Julie returned to earn her Master of Science in nursing from Marymount University in Arlington, VA in 2013. After working several years as a family nurse practitioner, she became most interested in helping patients suffering from psychiatric illnesses. In 2020, she earned a post-graduate certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.
(352) 675-3356 View (352) 675-3356
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Janet Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
The Villages, FL 32159
Janet works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Janet believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Janet works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Janet believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(352) 780-7204 View (352) 780-7204
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Psych Mind Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eustis, FL 32726
Meet Yvonka Williams! She is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She has several years of experience treating mental health conditions. She specializes in depression, anxiety, weight management, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. She can help you find the right medication that works for YOU! She provides medication management, emotional support, and interpersonal therapy. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care.
Meet Yvonka Williams! She is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She has several years of experience treating mental health conditions. She specializes in depression, anxiety, weight management, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. She can help you find the right medication that works for YOU! She provides medication management, emotional support, and interpersonal therapy. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care.
(407) 305-3418 View (407) 305-3418

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lake County, FL

40+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Lake County, FL who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
93% Anxiety
87% Bipolar Disorder
73% ADHD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
88% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Lake County, FL see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lake 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.