Psychiatrists in Pembroke Pines, FL

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My Spa Studio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PA
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
I have been a PA for 10 years and am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I offer in person and telehealth services for Psychiatry and Weight Loss Management using Semiglutide.
I have been a PA for 10 years and am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I offer in person and telehealth services for Psychiatry and Weight Loss Management using Semiglutide.
(954) 737-3246 View (954) 737-3246
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Shirley English @ Brighter Day Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (Online Only)
I help women and mothers experiencing depression, anxiety, and burnout to have more energy, improve family relationships, improve work performance, increase sex drive, boost self-image, and feel happier and more content. I partner together with my patients to do this by integrating nutrition, supplementations, exercise, therapy with medication management. I also specialize in counseling family members and caregivers of elderly patients with dementia and other complex diagnoses. While I work with patients of all backgrounds, I am passionate about providing culturally-competent care to women of color and those of the Christian faith.
I help women and mothers experiencing depression, anxiety, and burnout to have more energy, improve family relationships, improve work performance, increase sex drive, boost self-image, and feel happier and more content. I partner together with my patients to do this by integrating nutrition, supplementations, exercise, therapy with medication management. I also specialize in counseling family members and caregivers of elderly patients with dementia and other complex diagnoses. While I work with patients of all backgrounds, I am passionate about providing culturally-competent care to women of color and those of the Christian faith.
(786) 686-8460 View (786) 686-8460
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Caring Therapists
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Welcome to Caring Therapist, a compassionate mental health practice dedicated to providing comprehensive psychiatric services and medication management for children, teenagers, and adults. Led by our experienced Psychiatrist ARNP, we offer personalized care and evidence-based treatments to support individuals in Broward and Palm Beach County. Our goal is to help you achieve optimal mental well-being and lead a fulfilling life.
Welcome to Caring Therapist, a compassionate mental health practice dedicated to providing comprehensive psychiatric services and medication management for children, teenagers, and adults. Led by our experienced Psychiatrist ARNP, we offer personalized care and evidence-based treatments to support individuals in Broward and Palm Beach County. Our goal is to help you achieve optimal mental well-being and lead a fulfilling life.
(954) 466-5891 x2 View (954) 466-5891 x2
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Kalvin K Kapoor
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (Online Only)
SHEDULING TIP: PLEASE CLICK WEBSITE BUTTON ON THE LEFT TO SCHEDULE. I am dual board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. People come to treatment for all sorts of reasons — ADHD, anxiety, depression, difficulty functioning at work or school, family conflict, challenges in relationships, low self-esteem, or simply a desire to learn more about themselves. As a psychiatrist with expertise in both medication management and psychotherapy, I can help patients develop a treatment plan that meets their needs. My style is guided by warmth and flexibility, with the goals of helping patients build insight and reduce symptoms.
SHEDULING TIP: PLEASE CLICK WEBSITE BUTTON ON THE LEFT TO SCHEDULE. I am dual board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. People come to treatment for all sorts of reasons — ADHD, anxiety, depression, difficulty functioning at work or school, family conflict, challenges in relationships, low self-esteem, or simply a desire to learn more about themselves. As a psychiatrist with expertise in both medication management and psychotherapy, I can help patients develop a treatment plan that meets their needs. My style is guided by warmth and flexibility, with the goals of helping patients build insight and reduce symptoms.
(954) 758-8702 View (954) 758-8702
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Evelio Estrada Molina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Florida with a Foreign Physician background. I received my Post Master in Psychiatry from St. Thomas University and have been practicing for 4 years. I help persons of 18 years old and older that struggle with mental health issues to recover the control of their lives, to feel better, and to function properly.
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Florida with a Foreign Physician background. I received my Post Master in Psychiatry from St. Thomas University and have been practicing for 4 years. I help persons of 18 years old and older that struggle with mental health issues to recover the control of their lives, to feel better, and to function properly.
(786) 442-2960 View (786) 442-2960
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Bernadette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028  (Online Only)
They may struggle with conditions but they're motivated to make positive changes. They need support, guidance, and encouragement to adopt healthier habits and manage their conditions effectively. Their goals include improving their quality of life, reducing the risk of complications, and feeling more in control of their health. They want to be able to enjoy life to the fullest and be there for their loved ones. Their motivation stems from a desire for longevity, happiness, and the ability to pursue their passions without limitations imposed by health issues.
They may struggle with conditions but they're motivated to make positive changes. They need support, guidance, and encouragement to adopt healthier habits and manage their conditions effectively. Their goals include improving their quality of life, reducing the risk of complications, and feeling more in control of their health. They want to be able to enjoy life to the fullest and be there for their loved ones. Their motivation stems from a desire for longevity, happiness, and the ability to pursue their passions without limitations imposed by health issues.
(786) 891-2176 View (786) 891-2176
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Roberto Carmona
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
Born and raised in Cuba, Dr. Carmona received his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in GI & Family Medicine at the Havana Medical School, and practiced as a physician from 2002 to 2009. In 2007, Dr. Carmona moved to the Republic of Namibia in Southern Africa, where for two years he provided critical medical services to roughly twenty-five thousand people living in rural villages and isolated areas.
Born and raised in Cuba, Dr. Carmona received his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in GI & Family Medicine at the Havana Medical School, and practiced as a physician from 2002 to 2009. In 2007, Dr. Carmona moved to the Republic of Namibia in Southern Africa, where for two years he provided critical medical services to roughly twenty-five thousand people living in rural villages and isolated areas.
(954) 799-3892 View (954) 799-3892
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Psych 4 U
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
(754) 529-4355 View (754) 529-4355
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Psych4U Pembroke Pines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP-B, RN
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
(954) 613-6018 View (954) 613-6018
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (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) 306-0383 View (321) 306-0383
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Psych 4 U
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
I am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomate of the ABPN. I am fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I received my psychiatry training at University of Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship program. I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive assessment to discuss and weigh out the role that medications could play to support your process of change. My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomate of the ABPN. I am fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I received my psychiatry training at University of Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship program. I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive assessment to discuss and weigh out the role that medications could play to support your process of change. My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best.
(786) 226-0592 View (786) 226-0592
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New Age Psychiatry - ADHD, Anxiety, Depression
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
Can't Focus? Anxious? Depressed? Medication Management only $179.99, and follow ups priced/refills at $99.99, Counseling at $79 per hour visit after one time intake fee. New Age Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care from compassionate providers. Our staff is dedicated towards providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando locations available.
Can't Focus? Anxious? Depressed? Medication Management only $179.99, and follow ups priced/refills at $99.99, Counseling at $79 per hour visit after one time intake fee. New Age Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care from compassionate providers. Our staff is dedicated towards providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando locations available.
(321) 415-4920 View (321) 415-4920
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Psych4U
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
(954) 231-2076 View (954) 231-2076
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Ana Iris Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (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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Refresh Psychiatry and Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
(954) 932-9626 View (954) 932-9626
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Psych 4 U
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
I am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of American Psychiatric Association. I am fully trained in Adult, Child and Adolescent, Geriatric, Emergency and Addiction Psychiatry. I received my general and adult psychiatry training at University of Maryland/ Sheppard Pratt and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training from Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. I was selected as a Top Psychiatrist in Stamford, CT by the International Association of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP) and spotlighted in the publication The Leading Physicians of the World 2014 Ed
I am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of American Psychiatric Association. I am fully trained in Adult, Child and Adolescent, Geriatric, Emergency and Addiction Psychiatry. I received my general and adult psychiatry training at University of Maryland/ Sheppard Pratt and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training from Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. I was selected as a Top Psychiatrist in Stamford, CT by the International Association of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP) and spotlighted in the publication The Leading Physicians of the World 2014 Ed
(786) 226-0546 View (786) 226-0546
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Good Shepherd Psychiatric Consultant, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, AAPRN, BC
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
In our role as a Mental Health Provider, we are committed to providing quality mental health care to individuals with mental illness. This includes diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and a variety of integrative interventions and genetic testing.
In our role as a Mental Health Provider, we are committed to providing quality mental health care to individuals with mental illness. This includes diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and a variety of integrative interventions and genetic testing.
(754) 714-7912 View (754) 714-7912
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Psych 4 U
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
I am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomate of the ABPN. I am fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I received my psychiatry training at University of Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship program. I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive assessment to discuss and weigh out the role that medications could play to support your process of change. My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. We have appointments right now available for you or your loved one.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomate of the ABPN. I am fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I received my psychiatry training at University of Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship program. I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive assessment to discuss and weigh out the role that medications could play to support your process of change. My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. We have appointments right now available for you or your loved one.
(786) 226-0919 View (786) 226-0919
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
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) 248-5484 View (321) 248-5484
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John Cordia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, A-APRN, CPN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029  (Online Only)
Mental Health can be at the crossroad of success to every human being when well managed! To the client who becomes aware of the need to improve his/her daily performance, it becomes essential for survival and relatedness. To the practitioner blessed with the privilege to assist any clients or patients, it must be a passion, an opportunity to become the link in the client’s circle of life; a link that is there to remain, a link the client can count on, a link that will hold in periods of crisis.
Mental Health can be at the crossroad of success to every human being when well managed! To the client who becomes aware of the need to improve his/her daily performance, it becomes essential for survival and relatedness. To the practitioner blessed with the privilege to assist any clients or patients, it must be a passion, an opportunity to become the link in the client’s circle of life; a link that is there to remain, a link the client can count on, a link that will hold in periods of crisis.
(954) 231-1642 View (954) 231-1642

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Number of Psychiatrists in Pembroke Pines, FL

40+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Pembroke Pines, FL who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
82% ADHD
82% Medication Management
80% Bipolar Disorder
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Pembroke Pines, FL see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pembroke Pines?

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.