Psychiatrists in Pinellas County, FL

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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Largo, FL 33778  (Online Only)
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.
(727) 761-0638 View (727) 761-0638
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Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers Central Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33759
Greenbrook TMS of Florida offers compassionate care to thousands needing mental health support. With 7 providers at 6 centers, we provide TMS, esketamine nasal spray, talk therapy, and medication management. Taking the first step towards help can be overwhelming; our team helps create personalized treatment plans. Specializing in treatment-resistant depression, we support those who haven’t found relief elsewhere. Our experienced care team ensures the best possible care for you.
Greenbrook TMS of Florida offers compassionate care to thousands needing mental health support. With 7 providers at 6 centers, we provide TMS, esketamine nasal spray, talk therapy, and medication management. Taking the first step towards help can be overwhelming; our team helps create personalized treatment plans. Specializing in treatment-resistant depression, we support those who haven’t found relief elsewhere. Our experienced care team ensures the best possible care for you.
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
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.
(727) 295-3005 View (727) 295-3005
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Michelle Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33759
I am a dual certified nurse practitioner in pediatric primary care and psychiatric mental health, offering integrative mental health treatments (a holistic approach that uses conventional and complimentary therapies to treat psychiatric disorders) to children, adolescents, and young adults. I have experience working with individuals who have anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD and PTSD, as well as behavioral issues in children and teenagers.
I am a dual certified nurse practitioner in pediatric primary care and psychiatric mental health, offering integrative mental health treatments (a holistic approach that uses conventional and complimentary therapies to treat psychiatric disorders) to children, adolescents, and young adults. I have experience working with individuals who have anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD and PTSD, as well as behavioral issues in children and teenagers.
(727) 910-5780 View (727) 910-5780
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, 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. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Offering affordable visit rates. Accepting Medicare, Aetna, Cigna (Evernorth), and Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, 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. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Offering affordable visit rates. Accepting Medicare, Aetna, Cigna (Evernorth), and Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
(844) 643-9418 View (844) 643-9418
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Transformation Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Veteran
Verified Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Florida! Are you feeling forgetful, unable to concentrate or easily distracted? Are you finding it hard to get out of bed, lack motivation, feel tearful or sad? Do you find it hard to fall asleep or wake up multiple times during the night making you feel uber tired the next day? Have you experienced trauma that sends your anxiety through the roof? Then it might be time to seek help. Remember, it's okay not to be okay. I will respond to your email within 48 hours. If you don't see an email from me, please don't forget to check your SPAM folder.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Florida! Are you feeling forgetful, unable to concentrate or easily distracted? Are you finding it hard to get out of bed, lack motivation, feel tearful or sad? Do you find it hard to fall asleep or wake up multiple times during the night making you feel uber tired the next day? Have you experienced trauma that sends your anxiety through the roof? Then it might be time to seek help. Remember, it's okay not to be okay. I will respond to your email within 48 hours. If you don't see an email from me, please don't forget to check your SPAM folder.
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Lauren E Butterfield
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dr. Butterfield is a psychiatrist with specialized fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry from Emory Medical School in Atlanta, GA. She enjoys working with all ages up to 65, but specializes in the treatment of adolescents, college aged adults, and young adults. Dr. Butterfield is able to provide both medication management and therapeutic interventions for a number of symptoms including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders, and others. Dr. Butterfield is passionate about exploring the way creative expression can help improve mental health and behavioral problems in children.
Dr. Butterfield is a psychiatrist with specialized fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry from Emory Medical School in Atlanta, GA. She enjoys working with all ages up to 65, but specializes in the treatment of adolescents, college aged adults, and young adults. Dr. Butterfield is able to provide both medication management and therapeutic interventions for a number of symptoms including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders, and others. Dr. Butterfield is passionate about exploring the way creative expression can help improve mental health and behavioral problems in children.
(727) 316-9932 View (727) 316-9932
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Balance & Boundaries Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Largo, FL 33771  (Online Only)
We listen, we care & we guide. We’re dedicated to your mental wellness journey. With us, you’ll always feel listened to, without judgement, as we craft a care plan that fits your life. Our team believes in empowering you to set healthy boundaries, ensuring you thrive. There is a need for boundaries in every type of relationship, whether personal, business, parents, or just day to day interactions. Without balance and boundaries life becomes much more difficult to juggle. Mental Health & wellness is an extremely important self-care and learning ways to make life less challenging. Join us, and let’s walk the path to balance together.
We listen, we care & we guide. We’re dedicated to your mental wellness journey. With us, you’ll always feel listened to, without judgement, as we craft a care plan that fits your life. Our team believes in empowering you to set healthy boundaries, ensuring you thrive. There is a need for boundaries in every type of relationship, whether personal, business, parents, or just day to day interactions. Without balance and boundaries life becomes much more difficult to juggle. Mental Health & wellness is an extremely important self-care and learning ways to make life less challenging. Join us, and let’s walk the path to balance together.
(727) 349-2742 View (727) 349-2742
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Noel Patrick Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Noel Hamilton is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both Psychiatry and Primary care medicine. Noel is passionate about providing compassionate , comprehensive and high quality mental health services to adults. He possesses strong clinical skills and establishes excellent raport with patients and family. Noel has always had an interest in the field of Psychiatry, he started his career as a nurse in a hospital Psychiatric crisis/acute care unit as well as hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. Mr. Hamilton graduated from Drexel University in Pennsylvania with a Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health
Noel Hamilton is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both Psychiatry and Primary care medicine. Noel is passionate about providing compassionate , comprehensive and high quality mental health services to adults. He possesses strong clinical skills and establishes excellent raport with patients and family. Noel has always had an interest in the field of Psychiatry, he started his career as a nurse in a hospital Psychiatric crisis/acute care unit as well as hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. Mr. Hamilton graduated from Drexel University in Pennsylvania with a Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health
(813) 321-4386 View (813) 321-4386
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Lynne Swink
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710  (Online Only)
Our provider has been in the medical field for over 25 years. She is double board certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatric Medicine.
Our provider has been in the medical field for over 25 years. She is double board certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatric Medicine.
(727) 472-4384 View (727) 472-4384
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Courtney Tibbetts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
Courtney Tibbetts, PMHNP- BC, helps patients explore their feelings, behaviors, and thoughts, with the goal of identifying and addressing the underlying causes of mental health problems. She treatments patient with a wide range of disorders including depression, ADHD, anxiety, personality disorder, and PTSD.
Courtney Tibbetts, PMHNP- BC, helps patients explore their feelings, behaviors, and thoughts, with the goal of identifying and addressing the underlying causes of mental health problems. She treatments patient with a wide range of disorders including depression, ADHD, anxiety, personality disorder, and PTSD.
(727) 591-7745 View (727) 591-7745
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Michelle Mottern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
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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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
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) 306-0464 View (321) 306-0464
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  (Online Only)
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.
(727) 758-7599 View (727) 758-7599
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A Brighter Day Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
I understand that these are very trying times. I would like to provide a safe, all-inclusive environment for all of my patients in order to develop the provider/patient relationship all while improving mental health-related issues by goal-setting and medication management. My ideal patient would seek a provider that would look at medication as just one tool to manage their mental health. They would be open to really digging deep to explore what might be the root cause of why they are feeling the way they are, all while managing symptoms with medication and therapy. My ideal patient takes an active approach in their treatment plan.
I understand that these are very trying times. I would like to provide a safe, all-inclusive environment for all of my patients in order to develop the provider/patient relationship all while improving mental health-related issues by goal-setting and medication management. My ideal patient would seek a provider that would look at medication as just one tool to manage their mental health. They would be open to really digging deep to explore what might be the root cause of why they are feeling the way they are, all while managing symptoms with medication and therapy. My ideal patient takes an active approach in their treatment plan.
(727) 349-1095 View (727) 349-1095
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Cathi Stephens
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP, AGNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33761
Do you need help with mental health issues? Are you looking to change your life and become the best version of yourself? I work with my patients to identify the underlying issues that are impacting their quality of life and come up with a personalized, evidenced based plan to help them. I provide compassionate, non-judgmental quality care. I treat a wide range of psychiatric issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, social anxiety, bipolar, alcohol use, PTSD, OCD, opioid use, ADHD, stress, postpartum depression, psychosis, and mood disorders.
Do you need help with mental health issues? Are you looking to change your life and become the best version of yourself? I work with my patients to identify the underlying issues that are impacting their quality of life and come up with a personalized, evidenced based plan to help them. I provide compassionate, non-judgmental quality care. I treat a wide range of psychiatric issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, social anxiety, bipolar, alcohol use, PTSD, OCD, opioid use, ADHD, stress, postpartum depression, psychosis, and mood disorders.
(727) 202-5236 View (727) 202-5236
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Perry Githens APRN llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
I embrace a diverse practice that ranges from adolescents through older adults in all ages and areas. I enjoy helping people that have struggled to find a way to peace and happiness. Perry appreciates listening and learning about a person and building a therapeutic relationship. I work with people who have never taken medications that are new to psychiatric treatment and medication management. I specialize in medication management via telehealth, using a secure platform.
I embrace a diverse practice that ranges from adolescents through older adults in all ages and areas. I enjoy helping people that have struggled to find a way to peace and happiness. Perry appreciates listening and learning about a person and building a therapeutic relationship. I work with people who have never taken medications that are new to psychiatric treatment and medication management. I specialize in medication management via telehealth, using a secure platform.
(727) 619-1588 View (727) 619-1588
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Dawn Marie Chui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Clearwater, FL 33759
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
(727) 496-4544 View (727) 496-4544
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Jennifer J. Gould
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I have been practicing psychiatry for more than 20 years and am Board Certified in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. My practice focuses on the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. I am passionate about helping people and take a holistic approach to the care I deliver. I take time with the individuals and families I work with and seek to understand their struggles in the context of current life circumstances and past experiences. I work with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, mood instability/bipolar disorder, eating issues, ADHD, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I have been practicing psychiatry for more than 20 years and am Board Certified in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. My practice focuses on the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. I am passionate about helping people and take a holistic approach to the care I deliver. I take time with the individuals and families I work with and seek to understand their struggles in the context of current life circumstances and past experiences. I work with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, mood instability/bipolar disorder, eating issues, ADHD, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(727) 493-3610 View (727) 493-3610
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Destiny Refuse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701  (Online Only)
I am ready to help you! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my journey in healthcare has been guided by an unwavering commitment to providing compassionate and patient-centered mental health care. The driving force behind my professional endeavors lies in my deep-seated desire to assist individuals facing mental health challenges, fostering a healing environment where each patient can thrive.
I am ready to help you! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my journey in healthcare has been guided by an unwavering commitment to providing compassionate and patient-centered mental health care. The driving force behind my professional endeavors lies in my deep-seated desire to assist individuals facing mental health challenges, fostering a healing environment where each patient can thrive.
(727) 761-0216 View (727) 761-0216

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Number of Psychiatrists in Pinellas County, FL

100+

Average cost per session

$199

Psychiatrists in Pinellas County, FL who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
96% Anxiety
81% Bipolar Disorder
81% Medication Management
77% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Pinellas County, FL see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pinellas 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.