Psychiatrists in Panama City, FL

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Michael Thad Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Panama City, FL 32405  (Online Only)
Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or sleep issues, you can experience relief. These conditions can be debilitating and can disrupt every part of a patient's life. Anxiety is a "thief" stealing precious time that you could spend actively engaging with family and friends. Depression steals your joy and limits your potential. ADHD symptoms steal your opportunity for academic and career advancement, and also affects your relationships with others. Lack of adequate sleep limits your productivity and drains your energy. Treatment can be very effective, allowing you to return to a fulfilled and engaged life.
Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or sleep issues, you can experience relief. These conditions can be debilitating and can disrupt every part of a patient's life. Anxiety is a "thief" stealing precious time that you could spend actively engaging with family and friends. Depression steals your joy and limits your potential. ADHD symptoms steal your opportunity for academic and career advancement, and also affects your relationships with others. Lack of adequate sleep limits your productivity and drains your energy. Treatment can be very effective, allowing you to return to a fulfilled and engaged life.
(850) 779-4855 View (850) 779-4855
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MindRest Psychiatry and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified
Panama City, FL 32401
Are you seeking help for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD or behavioral problems? Are you motivated to improve your mental wellbeing, and open to therapy and medication options if necessary? Are you looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss your feelings, thoughts and experiences; to develop coping strategies, and work towards improved emotional stability and overall life satisfaction?
Are you seeking help for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD or behavioral problems? Are you motivated to improve your mental wellbeing, and open to therapy and medication options if necessary? Are you looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss your feelings, thoughts and experiences; to develop coping strategies, and work towards improved emotional stability and overall life satisfaction?
(850) 290-0889 View (850) 290-0889
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Kimberly Clayton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, NP
Verified
Panama City, FL 32401  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(850) 713-8735 View (850) 713-8735
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Kayla Roberts, PMHNP, Green Wave Family Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Panama City, FL 32401
My ideal client is someone who is serious about improving their mental health. Together, we work to come up with a treatment plan that is based on their individual needs. The goal is to help the client reach and maintain optimum functioning.
My ideal client is someone who is serious about improving their mental health. Together, we work to come up with a treatment plan that is based on their individual needs. The goal is to help the client reach and maintain optimum functioning.
(850) 215-5657 View (850) 215-5657
Linda Natalie Suarez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Panama City, FL 32404  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I pride myself in the relationships I build and establish with my patients and their families. As a dual board certified Nurse Practitioner in both Family and Psychiatric health care it's important that my patients are well understood and advocated for. I've dedicated 10 plus years to the care of children, adolescent and young adults diagnosed with various disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Mood Disorders and PTSD.
I pride myself in the relationships I build and establish with my patients and their families. As a dual board certified Nurse Practitioner in both Family and Psychiatric health care it's important that my patients are well understood and advocated for. I've dedicated 10 plus years to the care of children, adolescent and young adults diagnosed with various disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Mood Disorders and PTSD.
(305) 676-7423 View (305) 676-7423
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Lisa Anne Youngblood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Panama City, FL 32404  (Online Only)
What sets my practice apart from other providers is my specialty in women mental health needs as they navigate the hormonal changes through each phase of their lives. These transitions and conditions include PMDD, PMS pregnancy, perimenopause, menopause and post menopause. My dual degree as a family nurse practitioner has allowed me the expertise in this area and to offer a unique servce to all my clients. I offer an integrated and holistic approach that is dedicated to helping you create an emotionally balanced life.
What sets my practice apart from other providers is my specialty in women mental health needs as they navigate the hormonal changes through each phase of their lives. These transitions and conditions include PMDD, PMS pregnancy, perimenopause, menopause and post menopause. My dual degree as a family nurse practitioner has allowed me the expertise in this area and to offer a unique servce to all my clients. I offer an integrated and holistic approach that is dedicated to helping you create an emotionally balanced life.
(561) 418-6374 View (561) 418-6374
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TCL Medical
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified
Panama City, FL 32404
I am a dual certified NP in psychiatry and family medicine. I have integrative and holistic psychiatry and medical experience! I have spent the last 17 years caring for patients in all different walks of life. I have 12 years of education post high school to improve and/or enhance patient’s mental and psychical health and well-being. My comprehensive nurse practitioner experience is in psychiatry, naturopathic, integrative, holistic medicine, addiction medicine (in and outpatient) and internal medicine, urgent care, walk-in clinic, pulmonology and pediatric rehab medicine.
I am a dual certified NP in psychiatry and family medicine. I have integrative and holistic psychiatry and medical experience! I have spent the last 17 years caring for patients in all different walks of life. I have 12 years of education post high school to improve and/or enhance patient’s mental and psychical health and well-being. My comprehensive nurse practitioner experience is in psychiatry, naturopathic, integrative, holistic medicine, addiction medicine (in and outpatient) and internal medicine, urgent care, walk-in clinic, pulmonology and pediatric rehab medicine.
(727) 605-5740 View (727) 605-5740
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Shanique Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Panama City, FL 32404  (Online Only)
Hello, it’s nice meeting you. I’m Shanique. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field. My goal is to get all my clients to their optimal mental health based on their individualized needs.
Hello, it’s nice meeting you. I’m Shanique. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field. My goal is to get all my clients to their optimal mental health based on their individualized needs.
(786) 882-8604 View (786) 882-8604
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Maryann Tasong Esapa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANNP, PMHNP, B-C
Verified
Panama City, FL 32404  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
(904) 530-3164 View (904) 530-3164
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Michelle Mottern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Panama City, FL 32404
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Mosaic Brain Health. At Mosaic Brain Health we strive to destigmatize mental health and emphasize brain health. We provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer support as you navigate your personal brain health and wellness challenges.
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Mosaic Brain Health. At Mosaic Brain Health we strive to destigmatize mental health and emphasize brain health. We provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer support as you navigate your personal brain health and wellness challenges.
(727) 855-6706 View (727) 855-6706
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Healing Horizons
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Panama City, FL 32401
Healing is on the Horizon We understand that depression affects each person uniquely, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. Our experienced providers use evidence-based techniques and a person-centered approach to tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs and goals. We believe in a holistic approach to healing, addressing not only the symptoms of depression but also the underlying causes, helping you build resilience, and fostering a sense of empowerment.
Healing is on the Horizon We understand that depression affects each person uniquely, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. Our experienced providers use evidence-based techniques and a person-centered approach to tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs and goals. We believe in a holistic approach to healing, addressing not only the symptoms of depression but also the underlying causes, helping you build resilience, and fostering a sense of empowerment.
(850) 988-3802 View (850) 988-3802
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Ana Iris Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Panama City, FL 32404  (Online Only)
I started my career in Havana, Cuba where I obtained a doctorate degree in medicine in 2007. That same year, I relocated to the US where I continued my studies and earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2017 and dual certification as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner in 2023. Being raised in a family of doctors and nurses, loving science and caring for people encourages me to follow this pathway.
I started my career in Havana, Cuba where I obtained a doctorate degree in medicine in 2007. That same year, I relocated to the US where I continued my studies and earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2017 and dual certification as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner in 2023. Being raised in a family of doctors and nurses, loving science and caring for people encourages me to follow this pathway.
(954) 914-7303 View (954) 914-7303
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Dr. Martine Senatus Pmhnp-Bc Fnp-Bc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Panama City, FL 32404
Hello my name is Dr. Martine Senatus, I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner.
Hello my name is Dr. Martine Senatus, I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner.
(561) 924-1531 View (561) 924-1531
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Healthy Self Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP , APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Panama City, FL 32401  (Online Only)
I am the founder of Healthy Self Mental Wellness. I am board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. I have over 11 years of experience in the mental health setting. My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Florida State University, a Masters of Science in Nursing, psychiatric nurse practitioner specialization, from The University of South Alabama, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from The University of South Alabama.
I am the founder of Healthy Self Mental Wellness. I am board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. I have over 11 years of experience in the mental health setting. My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Florida State University, a Masters of Science in Nursing, psychiatric nurse practitioner specialization, from The University of South Alabama, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from The University of South Alabama.
(850) 813-0663 View (850) 813-0663
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Jaclyn Jardine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Panama City, FL 32401
Jaclyn Jardine is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) serving clients in Oregon. She specializes in treating adults for attention deficit disorders (ADHD), anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders (bipolar), and panic disorders. Accepting NEW patients! Please visit our website to book an appointment at www.jardinewellness.com
Jaclyn Jardine is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) serving clients in Oregon. She specializes in treating adults for attention deficit disorders (ADHD), anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders (bipolar), and panic disorders. Accepting NEW patients! Please visit our website to book an appointment at www.jardinewellness.com
(727) 285-9487 View (727) 285-9487
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified
Panama City, FL 32404  (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) 204-3176 View (321) 204-3176
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Panama City, FL 32404  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(904) 774-2328 View (904) 774-2328
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Katie Ann-Giordano Ray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified
Panama City, FL 32403  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Katie. I am a board certified family nurse practitioner. I have a background working in the hospital with patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as well as other neurological events such as seizures and strokes. I also have a strong background working with the pediatric population after years of bedside experience at a children's hospital. My passion is to help individuals while utilizing a holistic approach alongside modern medicine and coming up with a treatment plan that suits individuals while working as a team.
Hi! My name is Katie. I am a board certified family nurse practitioner. I have a background working in the hospital with patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as well as other neurological events such as seizures and strokes. I also have a strong background working with the pediatric population after years of bedside experience at a children's hospital. My passion is to help individuals while utilizing a holistic approach alongside modern medicine and coming up with a treatment plan that suits individuals while working as a team.
(954) 329-1817 View (954) 329-1817
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Telepsychiatrist _Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Panama City, FL 32404
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse clients via video across Florida. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse clients via video across Florida. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
(305) 520-7710 View (305) 520-7710
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JourneyPure Behavioral Health Counseling
Psychiatrist, Alcohol, & Drugs
Verified
Panama City, FL 32401
SUBOXONE® helps you accept treatment when it feels like living without drugs is impossible. The medication is coupled with therapy that fits into your everyday schedule, an iPhone app with games that reinforce healthy habits and your personal Recovery Coach available 24/7. You'll get down to the core of what's fueling the drugs and alcohol use, including issues like depression and anxiety.
SUBOXONE® helps you accept treatment when it feels like living without drugs is impossible. The medication is coupled with therapy that fits into your everyday schedule, an iPhone app with games that reinforce healthy habits and your personal Recovery Coach available 24/7. You'll get down to the core of what's fueling the drugs and alcohol use, including issues like depression and anxiety.
(850) 779-9233 View (850) 779-9233

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Panama City, FL

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Panama City, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
85% ADHD
85% Bipolar Disorder
70% Medication Management
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
94% Cigna and Evernorth
94% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Panama City, FL see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Panama City?

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.