Psychiatrists in Taylor County, FL

Photo of Tamara Russell, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Steinhatchee, FL 32359
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
(904) 601-1960 View (904) 601-1960

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Dr. Morgan Alexander, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32399  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Herve Corbel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ocala, FL 34481  (Online Only)
I am a doctor of nursing practice, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and advanced holistic nurse. I have worked in health and wellbeing for over 15 years, as a health coach, a licensed massage therapist, a holistic nurse and now a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I use evidence-based-practice theories, research, promote and use holistic activities to support healing and wellbeing.
I am a doctor of nursing practice, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and advanced holistic nurse. I have worked in health and wellbeing for over 15 years, as a health coach, a licensed massage therapist, a holistic nurse and now a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I use evidence-based-practice theories, research, promote and use holistic activities to support healing and wellbeing.
(352) 914-3135 View (352) 914-3135
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Vivian Lockett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ocala, FL 34481  (Online Only)
Have you been feeling anxious, unhappy, and overwhelmed? Have you been in therapy, and considering adding or changing medications to improve your symptoms? I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, who focuses on the whole person, with a foundation in Christian principles. I do not prescribe controlled substances, and I am happy to help you find alternative options as it relates to medication management. My goal is to help you manage conditions including help depression, mood disorder, and anxiety, to name a few keeping the whole person in mind, individualizing a personalized plan based on medical history,
Have you been feeling anxious, unhappy, and overwhelmed? Have you been in therapy, and considering adding or changing medications to improve your symptoms? I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, who focuses on the whole person, with a foundation in Christian principles. I do not prescribe controlled substances, and I am happy to help you find alternative options as it relates to medication management. My goal is to help you manage conditions including help depression, mood disorder, and anxiety, to name a few keeping the whole person in mind, individualizing a personalized plan based on medical history,
(786) 886-1344 View (786) 886-1344
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Shaquitia Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32303  (Online Only)
Devoted to your mental well-being, I bring over two decades of clinical experience as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a particular focus on mental healthcare for the past six years.
Devoted to your mental well-being, I bring over two decades of clinical experience as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a particular focus on mental healthcare for the past six years.
(850) 754-4493 View (850) 754-4493
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Mindful Psychiatry & Home Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ocala, FL 34481  (Online Only)
Do you worry a lot, feel sad, irritated, angry, or maybe hopeless? Do you feel like you're dragging to make it through the day, can't sleep or focus? I'm Josefina Dort, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of nursing experience. I offer virtual visits and treat various mental health disorders such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, nightmares, insomnia, depression, eating disorders using a variety of effective treatments that include medications and psychotherapy.
Do you worry a lot, feel sad, irritated, angry, or maybe hopeless? Do you feel like you're dragging to make it through the day, can't sleep or focus? I'm Josefina Dort, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of nursing experience. I offer virtual visits and treat various mental health disorders such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, nightmares, insomnia, depression, eating disorders using a variety of effective treatments that include medications and psychotherapy.
(954) 932-7838 View (954) 932-7838
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Better Beginnings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Alachua, FL 32615
NOW SERVING SOUTH FLORIDA! Better Beginnings provides specialized psychiatry and psychotherapy/counseling services to parents during the perinatal time frame- leading up to, during and after pregnancy. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach to this time in life. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. Ivette Medrano, PMHNP- BC provides telepsychiatry (online/video) services for the South Florida region.
NOW SERVING SOUTH FLORIDA! Better Beginnings provides specialized psychiatry and psychotherapy/counseling services to parents during the perinatal time frame- leading up to, during and after pregnancy. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach to this time in life. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. Ivette Medrano, PMHNP- BC provides telepsychiatry (online/video) services for the South Florida region.
(352) 280-3649 View (352) 280-3649
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Troy Saintable
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ocala, FL 34481  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with clients to discuss mental health concerns, identify treatment goals, and work towards meeting those goals. I use psychiatric assessments and screening tools to guide diagnosis and medication recommendations/options.
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with clients to discuss mental health concerns, identify treatment goals, and work towards meeting those goals. I use psychiatric assessments and screening tools to guide diagnosis and medication recommendations/options.
(786) 613-4251 View (786) 613-4251
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Crystal River, FL 34428
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(352) 646-2341 View (352) 646-2341
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Anzola Wiggins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32308  (Online Only)
Anzola is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats multiple areas of mental health including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and coping skills just to name a few. Anzola is hard-working, compassionate, and an advocate for her patients. Since becoming a PMHNP, Anzola has served as a medication manager, counselor/therapist, and advocate.
Anzola is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats multiple areas of mental health including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and coping skills just to name a few. Anzola is hard-working, compassionate, and an advocate for her patients. Since becoming a PMHNP, Anzola has served as a medication manager, counselor/therapist, and advocate.
(850) 378-3231 View (850) 378-3231
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Shaquitia Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tallahassee, FL 32303  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Shaquitia, owner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for Hopeful Harmony Mental Health LLC. Devoted to your mental well-being, I bring over two decades of clinical experience. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a particular focus on mental healthcare for the past six years, my commitment is to use my wealth of experience to nurture the mental and physical health of those navigating mental health challenges throughout the diverse communities across the state of Florida.
Hello, I’m Shaquitia, owner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for Hopeful Harmony Mental Health LLC. Devoted to your mental well-being, I bring over two decades of clinical experience. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a particular focus on mental healthcare for the past six years, my commitment is to use my wealth of experience to nurture the mental and physical health of those navigating mental health challenges throughout the diverse communities across the state of Florida.
(850) 493-7378 View (850) 493-7378
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Integrative Mental Wellness & ReLeaf Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312  (Online Only)
A virtual clinic offering a holistic, medication free approach to mental health care. Treatment is available in Maryland, DC, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and the US Virgin Islands.
A virtual clinic offering a holistic, medication free approach to mental health care. Treatment is available in Maryland, DC, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and the US Virgin Islands.
(770) 758-7925 View (770) 758-7925
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Daniela Chetan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Ocala, FL 34481  (Online Only)
In the 11 years of clinical experience as a provider, I learned to care for my patients holistically, both mind and body. I am here to offer you a safe and supportive environment where you will feel comfortable and safe enough to share your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. Whether you are seeking individual therapy, medication management, or a combination of both, I am committed to helping you achieve optimal mental health.
In the 11 years of clinical experience as a provider, I learned to care for my patients holistically, both mind and body. I am here to offer you a safe and supportive environment where you will feel comfortable and safe enough to share your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. Whether you are seeking individual therapy, medication management, or a combination of both, I am committed to helping you achieve optimal mental health.
(954) 280-2293 View (954) 280-2293
Photo of Erin Delaney, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Erin Delaney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alachua, FL 32615
I work with adult women who would like to work collaboratively with their Psychiatric provider in managing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and/or attention issues and are looking for a warm and personalized approach to their mental health treatment. I can manage many psychiatric medications through pregnancy and postpartum if that is part of their plan and focus on tailoring each treatment plan to the individual.
I work with adult women who would like to work collaboratively with their Psychiatric provider in managing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and/or attention issues and are looking for a warm and personalized approach to their mental health treatment. I can manage many psychiatric medications through pregnancy and postpartum if that is part of their plan and focus on tailoring each treatment plan to the individual.
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Zuzana Segev
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ocala, FL 34481
I provide individualized psychiatric care for clients of all ages. I strive for non judgmental and culturally sensitive care for any person suffering with emotional distress or behavioral problems. I am a graduate of Nursing School of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, where I completed Masters Degree in psychiatric and mental health nursing. I hold a Masters Degree in clinical psychology from University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, and Ph.D. in public health from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.
I provide individualized psychiatric care for clients of all ages. I strive for non judgmental and culturally sensitive care for any person suffering with emotional distress or behavioral problems. I am a graduate of Nursing School of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, where I completed Masters Degree in psychiatric and mental health nursing. I hold a Masters Degree in clinical psychology from University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, and Ph.D. in public health from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.
(786) 882-8055 View (786) 882-8055
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Marvalee Allison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ocala, FL 34481  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Marvalee Allison. I am Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Florida. I provide tele-psychiatry services for patients 18 years old and above.
Hello, my name is Marvalee Allison. I am Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Florida. I provide tele-psychiatry services for patients 18 years old and above.
(352) 558-3127 View (352) 558-3127
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Lisa Goldberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32605
After a decade of working as an NP in neurology, I returned to school to obtain an additional license as a psychiatric NP to better serve my community and help people with their mental health challenges. With a belief that every individual has the potential to live their best authentic life I have a strong commitment to developing caring, non-judgmental relationships with my patients.
After a decade of working as an NP in neurology, I returned to school to obtain an additional license as a psychiatric NP to better serve my community and help people with their mental health challenges. With a belief that every individual has the potential to live their best authentic life I have a strong commitment to developing caring, non-judgmental relationships with my patients.
(352) 478-4700 View (352) 478-4700
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Erika Regis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32301  (Online Only)
Erika Regis, APRN-PMHNP-BC, is a seasoned Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a professional history spanning many years in the nursing field. Specializing in the treatment of adults and geriatrics, Erika's approach to care is holistic, underpinned by her belief in the essential synchrony between mind and body for optimal health.
Erika Regis, APRN-PMHNP-BC, is a seasoned Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a professional history spanning many years in the nursing field. Specializing in the treatment of adults and geriatrics, Erika's approach to care is holistic, underpinned by her belief in the essential synchrony between mind and body for optimal health.
(786) 886-3279 View (786) 886-3279
Photo of Anne Ananga - Ability Plus Mental Health LLC, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ability Plus Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312  (Online Only)
Visit us at https://www.abilityplusmentalhealthllc.com/**Dr. Anne Ananga is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health and family nurse practitioner working for Ability Plus Mental Health LLC in Tallahassee Florida. She completed her doctorate and master’s degree from The University of Alabama Birmingham. We provide individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, and emotional health. Get the help you need; we work collaboratively with you as a patient to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs.
Visit us at https://www.abilityplusmentalhealthllc.com/**Dr. Anne Ananga is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health and family nurse practitioner working for Ability Plus Mental Health LLC in Tallahassee Florida. She completed her doctorate and master’s degree from The University of Alabama Birmingham. We provide individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, and emotional health. Get the help you need; we work collaboratively with you as a patient to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs.
(850) 750-9441 View (850) 750-9441
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Today Telemedicine
Psychiatrist, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32309  (Online Only)
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
(850) 397-0031 View (850) 397-0031

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Number of Psychiatrists in Taylor County, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Taylor County, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Other
100% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Taylor County, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Taylor 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.