Psychiatrists in Spring Hill, FL

Photo of Jasmin Perry, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jasmin Perry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spring Hill, FL 34604  (Online Only)
I am board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have been practicing for over 6 years. I believe in a comprehensive treatment approach in order to understand and treat underlying issues and achieve overall wellness.
I am board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have been practicing for over 6 years. I believe in a comprehensive treatment approach in order to understand and treat underlying issues and achieve overall wellness.
(352) 618-6288 View (352) 618-6288
Photo of Paula Reilley, PhD, PMHNPBC, CNS, CNE, MBA, Psychiatric Nurse
Paula Reilley
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, PMHNPBC, CNS, CNE, MBA
Verified Verified
Spring Hill, FL 34609
My primary focus is on the patient and their mental and physical well being. My philosophy is that the patient is a person who comes to me related to mental health issues. The patient is an individual person that requires an individual treatment plan and medication management.
My primary focus is on the patient and their mental and physical well being. My philosophy is that the patient is a person who comes to me related to mental health issues. The patient is an individual person that requires an individual treatment plan and medication management.
(352) 605-6456 View (352) 605-6456
Photo of Remiluc Dumas, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Remiluc Dumas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Spring Hill, FL 34607  (Online Only)
I proudly serve individuals from all walks of life. I encourage each individual to reach out if they need help to overcome their mental illness so that they can keep their lives and families intact and function well in the community again. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey.
I proudly serve individuals from all walks of life. I encourage each individual to reach out if they need help to overcome their mental illness so that they can keep their lives and families intact and function well in the community again. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey.
(727) 591-3926 View (727) 591-3926
Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Spring Hill, FL 34609  (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) 306-0374 View (321) 306-0374
Photo of Ugonna Duru - Anuri Health and Wellness LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Anuri Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Spring Hill, FL 34609
As a psychiatric mental health provider, we offer a range of services designed to help individuals effectively manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. We want you to know that we understand the challenges you may be facing with ADHD, anxiety, or depression. The frustrations, the moments of feeling overwhelmed, and the desire for a better way to navigate your daily life. You are not alone in this journey, and We are here to offer support and guidance.
As a psychiatric mental health provider, we offer a range of services designed to help individuals effectively manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. We want you to know that we understand the challenges you may be facing with ADHD, anxiety, or depression. The frustrations, the moments of feeling overwhelmed, and the desire for a better way to navigate your daily life. You are not alone in this journey, and We are here to offer support and guidance.
(813) 851-4590 View (813) 851-4590
Photo of David Newby, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
David Newby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Spring Hill, FL 34604  (Online Only)
For almost 20 years, I have dedicated my life to the field of mental health. Over the past nearly 7 years I have been board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. My passion is in helping adults overcome their mental health challenges. Whether suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, or psychotic disorders, I’m committed to helping you find relief from your mental health problems through my experience, compassion, dedication to my patients, and extensive knowledge of evidence based psychiatric care.
For almost 20 years, I have dedicated my life to the field of mental health. Over the past nearly 7 years I have been board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. My passion is in helping adults overcome their mental health challenges. Whether suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, or psychotic disorders, I’m committed to helping you find relief from your mental health problems through my experience, compassion, dedication to my patients, and extensive knowledge of evidence based psychiatric care.
(727) 758-3728 View (727) 758-3728
Photo of Vinod Bhandari - VirtualPsych™, MD, Psychiatrist
VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Spring Hill, FL 34609
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, Humana and United Healthcare. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (813) 491-1956 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, Humana and United Healthcare. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (813) 491-1956 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(813) 491-1956 View (813) 491-1956

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Dinar Sajan, MD, Psychiatrist
Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooksville, FL 34613
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) 472-5526 View (727) 472-5526
Photo of Michelle Desarmes, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Desarmes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooksville, FL 34613
Michelle is a passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a wealth of experience in the field. Over the past 5 to 6 years, she has tirelessly served as a board-certified professional, specializing in psychiatry. My genuine love for the subject shines through in my daily interactions with patients, as I strive to make a positive impact on their mental well-being. Beyond my professional accomplishments, I embrace the role of a nurturing mother to five beautiful children. Balancing my career and family responsibilities, I exemplify resilience and devotion, both at home and in my practice.
Michelle is a passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a wealth of experience in the field. Over the past 5 to 6 years, she has tirelessly served as a board-certified professional, specializing in psychiatry. My genuine love for the subject shines through in my daily interactions with patients, as I strive to make a positive impact on their mental well-being. Beyond my professional accomplishments, I embrace the role of a nurturing mother to five beautiful children. Balancing my career and family responsibilities, I exemplify resilience and devotion, both at home and in my practice.
(561) 678-0082 View (561) 678-0082
Photo of Kelly Gordon - All Family Behavioral Health, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
All Family Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooksville, FL 34613
My name is Kelly, and I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to you! As a mental health professional, I understand that seeking help can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Therefore, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns and fears. My approach to treatment is collaborative, holistic, and evidence-based. I believe in empowering my clients to take an active role in their care, and I work with each individual to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals.
My name is Kelly, and I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to you! As a mental health professional, I understand that seeking help can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Therefore, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns and fears. My approach to treatment is collaborative, holistic, and evidence-based. I believe in empowering my clients to take an active role in their care, and I work with each individual to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals.
(352) 649-3268 View (352) 649-3268
Photo of Lillian Ingram, PMHNP, FNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lillian Ingram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Brooksville, FL 34601
At Learning to Achieve Wellness we work to meet each client's needs individually though the offering of a variety of services and specialties by well qualified processionals. If you have not found the services that you need reach out us, we will work to meet your goals!
At Learning to Achieve Wellness we work to meet each client's needs individually though the offering of a variety of services and specialties by well qualified processionals. If you have not found the services that you need reach out us, we will work to meet your goals!
(813) 734-7361 View (813) 734-7361
Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Brooksville, FL 34601  (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) 248-5374 View (321) 248-5374
Photo of Evelyn Hamman - Lievy Psychiatry, LLC, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN-ED, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lievy Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN-ED
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Brooksville, FL 34605
My name is Evelyn Hamman and I am the founder of Lievy Psychiatry, LLC. I am a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I'm offering tele-psychiatric behavioral health services for ages 12-60. I love serving the community and I'm trained to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorders, sleep disorders, ADHD/ADD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and more. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. Now offering Genesight testing! Now offering student preceptorship.
My name is Evelyn Hamman and I am the founder of Lievy Psychiatry, LLC. I am a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I'm offering tele-psychiatric behavioral health services for ages 12-60. I love serving the community and I'm trained to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorders, sleep disorders, ADHD/ADD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and more. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. Now offering Genesight testing! Now offering student preceptorship.
(727) 758-7796 View (727) 758-7796
Photo of Charlene Desrosiers, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Charlene Desrosiers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooksville, FL 34613  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and I see adults 18 and older who suffer from psychiatric/mental health disorders. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with my Masters Degree in Nursing as well as my Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and I see adults 18 and older who suffer from psychiatric/mental health disorders. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with my Masters Degree in Nursing as well as my Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
(954) 866-8799 View (954) 866-8799
Photo of Dinar Sajan, MD, Psychiatric Nurse
Dinar Sajan
Psychiatric Nurse, MD
Verified Verified
Weeki Wachee, FL 34613  (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.
(352) 329-6428 View (352) 329-6428

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33756
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) 248-1851 View (321) 248-1851
Photo of Patricia Garcia, MSN, PMHNP, AGNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Patricia Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lutz, FL 33548
Patricia Garcia is a Double Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in the Tampa Bay/St Petersburg area. Patricia completed a post-graduate degree from Wilkes University and certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a double board-certified provider, Patricia has been in practice for over ten years. Through extensive clinical practice she creates a safe and therapeutic environment for holistic wellness. She makes her treatment plan decision together with the patients and utilizes evidence-based practice for medication management to treat those under her care.
Patricia Garcia is a Double Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in the Tampa Bay/St Petersburg area. Patricia completed a post-graduate degree from Wilkes University and certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a double board-certified provider, Patricia has been in practice for over ten years. Through extensive clinical practice she creates a safe and therapeutic environment for holistic wellness. She makes her treatment plan decision together with the patients and utilizes evidence-based practice for medication management to treat those under her care.
(727) 353-5272 View (727) 353-5272
Photo of William DeWolf - Advanced Psychiatric Health - Naples, MD, Psychiatrist
Advanced Psychiatric Health - Naples
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
Dr. William (Bill) DeWolf is a distinguished psychiatrist who has dedicated his career to helping patients overcome complex mental health conditions by leveraging the latest advances in psychiatric interventions. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, PTSD, substance use disorder, and OCD.
Dr. William (Bill) DeWolf is a distinguished psychiatrist who has dedicated his career to helping patients overcome complex mental health conditions by leveraging the latest advances in psychiatric interventions. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, PTSD, substance use disorder, and OCD.
(239) 977-9051 View (239) 977-9051
Photo of Erica Hand, APRN, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Erica Hand
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33607  (Online Only)
My ideal client is YOU! You with all of your flaws, imperfections, and quirks. If you're reading this you were meant to be here. You've made a promise to change and you want to but haven't...that's ok. If you want to be better then I want to support you. I am a mother to two teenage boys, a wife, a sister, and a friend. I understand the struggle of trying to balance it all and falling short. I enjoy helping my clients gain skills and success as they navigate through the transitions of life. Your treatment plan may include a combination of exercise, sleep, nutrition, &/or medication. -Schedule your consultation at WELLITI.COM
My ideal client is YOU! You with all of your flaws, imperfections, and quirks. If you're reading this you were meant to be here. You've made a promise to change and you want to but haven't...that's ok. If you want to be better then I want to support you. I am a mother to two teenage boys, a wife, a sister, and a friend. I understand the struggle of trying to balance it all and falling short. I enjoy helping my clients gain skills and success as they navigate through the transitions of life. Your treatment plan may include a combination of exercise, sleep, nutrition, &/or medication. -Schedule your consultation at WELLITI.COM
(813) 519-5025 View (813) 519-5025
Photo of Nesrin Abu Ata, MD, Psychiatrist
Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32816
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(321) 342-2974 View (321) 342-2974

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Spring Hill, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Spring Hill, FL who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Medication Management
57% Addiction

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Medicare
71% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Spring Hill, FL see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Spring Hill?

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.