Psychiatrists in Brookhaven, GA

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Holly Hart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brookhaven, GA 30319
Holly Hart graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She treats adults with a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, and eating disorders using a combination of treatment options, including medication, supplements, therapy, psycho-education, and more. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy.
Holly Hart graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She treats adults with a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, and eating disorders using a combination of treatment options, including medication, supplements, therapy, psycho-education, and more. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy.
(678) 929-5776 View (678) 929-5776
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Gloria Chine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brookhaven, GA 30319  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments.
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments.
(470) 730-7793 View (470) 730-7793
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Dr. Panchajanya Paul Md
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, ABPN
Verified
Brookhaven, GA 30319  (Online Only)
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults through telemedicine. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices. I have several books and research published concerning stress relief and sleep coaching with a holistic approach .
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults through telemedicine. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices. I have several books and research published concerning stress relief and sleep coaching with a holistic approach .
(678) 892-6669 View (678) 892-6669
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Cindy Milligan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C
Verified
Brookhaven, GA 30319  (Online Only)
As a Nurse Practitioner specializing in behavioral health and addiction treatment management, my top priority is to provide compassionate, comprehensive care to my patients. I understand that seeking help for mental health conditions can be daunting, overwhelming, and some feel hesitation taking the first step. I am dedicated to creating a safe supportive environment where my patients can feel comfortable expressing their feelings and concerns.
As a Nurse Practitioner specializing in behavioral health and addiction treatment management, my top priority is to provide compassionate, comprehensive care to my patients. I understand that seeking help for mental health conditions can be daunting, overwhelming, and some feel hesitation taking the first step. I am dedicated to creating a safe supportive environment where my patients can feel comfortable expressing their feelings and concerns.
(470) 769-9883 View (470) 769-9883
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Kierston Wiman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Brookhaven, GA 30319  (Online Only)
Welcome to Peace of Mind Psychiatry! I enjoy educating my patients about their mental health and treatment options so we can work together to create a treatment plan you will love. I feel it’s extremely important to understand the whole person when providing mental health care. This means I want to get to know you very well and have a full understanding of who you are and the experiences that made you who you are. I want to understand your symptoms, but more importantly I want to understand how those symptoms are affecting your life so we can help move you toward mental wellness in a goal-oriented way.
Welcome to Peace of Mind Psychiatry! I enjoy educating my patients about their mental health and treatment options so we can work together to create a treatment plan you will love. I feel it’s extremely important to understand the whole person when providing mental health care. This means I want to get to know you very well and have a full understanding of who you are and the experiences that made you who you are. I want to understand your symptoms, but more importantly I want to understand how those symptoms are affecting your life so we can help move you toward mental wellness in a goal-oriented way.
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Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brookhaven, GA 30319
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems. Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems. Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com
(404) 390-2683 View (404) 390-2683
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Jessica Chang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brookhaven, GA 30326
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who is passionate about helping individuals develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationships, and their experiences. My ideal clients are those seeking help in the setting of grief, trauma, or major life transitions or those looking for a practice that specializes in the integration of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who is passionate about helping individuals develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationships, and their experiences. My ideal clients are those seeking help in the setting of grief, trauma, or major life transitions or those looking for a practice that specializes in the integration of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(470) 517-7833 View (470) 517-7833

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Toyin Adekunle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30342
Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I also integrate mindfulness, yoga, and art to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself.
Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I also integrate mindfulness, yoga, and art to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself.
(678) 941-1890 View (678) 941-1890
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MD Psychiatry Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30319
My long standing passion for working with children, adolescents and young adults, which allow me to develop and grow long-term relationships with patients and their families.Among the many groups of children with whom I have had the pleasure of working particularly is children/adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder .
My long standing passion for working with children, adolescents and young adults, which allow me to develop and grow long-term relationships with patients and their families.Among the many groups of children with whom I have had the pleasure of working particularly is children/adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder .
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Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
Hi, I'm Lois Schwarze, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management and believe that medications work best when they are a part of a wider plan of care. I co-founded Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness with Ella Laura Johannaber, a therapeutic coach and wellness educator, so that our clients have more choices for getting the support they need. I am passionate about mental health and I've witnessed that healing happens through authentic connection. I spend time with my clients, listen, and treat each person as a unique individual.
Hi, I'm Lois Schwarze, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management and believe that medications work best when they are a part of a wider plan of care. I co-founded Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness with Ella Laura Johannaber, a therapeutic coach and wellness educator, so that our clients have more choices for getting the support they need. I am passionate about mental health and I've witnessed that healing happens through authentic connection. I spend time with my clients, listen, and treat each person as a unique individual.
(404) 383-8756 View (404) 383-8756
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Lovelyne Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
Lovelyne Joseph, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC Lovelyne Joseph is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. She earned a BSN from Remington College of Nursing, an MSN and FNP from South University, and a PMHNP from Florida State University. Lovelyne is certified to provide comprehensive mental health services to ages across the lifespan. Her goal is to provide patients with evidence based, dignified, and compassionate psychiatric mental health care.
Lovelyne Joseph, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC Lovelyne Joseph is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. She earned a BSN from Remington College of Nursing, an MSN and FNP from South University, and a PMHNP from Florida State University. Lovelyne is certified to provide comprehensive mental health services to ages across the lifespan. Her goal is to provide patients with evidence based, dignified, and compassionate psychiatric mental health care.
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Dr. Jed Mangal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30319
My ideal client is motivated to get better and get better now. This includes individuals and people with families. I offer initial and followup evening and weekend appointments within 2 weeks to best accommodate students and professionals working towards personal improvement while continuing their professional lives.
My ideal client is motivated to get better and get better now. This includes individuals and people with families. I offer initial and followup evening and weekend appointments within 2 weeks to best accommodate students and professionals working towards personal improvement while continuing their professional lives.
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Dr. Nathan Skoller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30319
Dr. Skoller is an Emory-trained board certified psychiatrist taking new patients in the Atlanta and adjacent areas. He has broad knowledge and experience treating various mental health conditions and see's patients both in-person and via telemedicine. Dr. Skoller offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Ketamine treatment services, available to patients either in-clinic or conveniently in your own home. Dr. Skoller is also board certified in internal medicine, offering a uniquely thorough approach to treating his patient's mental health concerns. He is a member of Melody Medical Group. www.MelodyMedicalGroup.com
Dr. Skoller is an Emory-trained board certified psychiatrist taking new patients in the Atlanta and adjacent areas. He has broad knowledge and experience treating various mental health conditions and see's patients both in-person and via telemedicine. Dr. Skoller offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Ketamine treatment services, available to patients either in-clinic or conveniently in your own home. Dr. Skoller is also board certified in internal medicine, offering a uniquely thorough approach to treating his patient's mental health concerns. He is a member of Melody Medical Group. www.MelodyMedicalGroup.com
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Dola Abiodun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
Dolapo "Dola" Abiodun, DNP, PMHNP Dr. Dola Abiodun is a doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with an expertise in treating depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, personalities disorder, Bipolar 1 & 2 disorder, ADHD, substance and alcohol use disorder and schizoaffective disorders. She is also an adjunct faculty professor at University of Massachusetts, Global, Irvine, California and Liberty University in Virginia, USA. Dr. Abiodun completed her first Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Dolapo "Dola" Abiodun, DNP, PMHNP Dr. Dola Abiodun is a doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with an expertise in treating depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, personalities disorder, Bipolar 1 & 2 disorder, ADHD, substance and alcohol use disorder and schizoaffective disorders. She is also an adjunct faculty professor at University of Massachusetts, Global, Irvine, California and Liberty University in Virginia, USA. Dr. Abiodun completed her first Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
(877) 265-3058 View (877) 265-3058
Photo of Danielle Ibelema, Psychiatrist in Brookhaven, GA
Danielle Ibelema
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30319  (Online Only)
My practice of medicine centers around the concept of the mind body connection. As a physician trained in both psychiatry and primary care, I believe in an all-inclusive approach to health and wellbeing. This approach may include traditional psychotherapy, mindfulness based practices and medication management.
My practice of medicine centers around the concept of the mind body connection. As a physician trained in both psychiatry and primary care, I believe in an all-inclusive approach to health and wellbeing. This approach may include traditional psychotherapy, mindfulness based practices and medication management.
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Photo of Darlene McNulty, Psychiatrist in Brookhaven, GA
Darlene McNulty
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
Darlene McNulty extends her compassion and knowledge to treat psychiatric illnesses in adults in the Sandy Springs office for LifeStance Health. Dr. McNulty is a TMS certified professional.
Darlene McNulty extends her compassion and knowledge to treat psychiatric illnesses in adults in the Sandy Springs office for LifeStance Health. Dr. McNulty is a TMS certified professional.
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Helaina Jaffe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30329
In caring for her patients, Dr. Jaffe values personal dignity, growth, and relationships. Dr. Jaffe's professional focus is skillfully integrating principles of psychotherapy with medication management. She takes a holistic approach to understanding each person, considering biological, psychological, and social health factors. She strives to collaborate with patients to help realize their most important valued goals. Her special interests include: women's mental health, treatment resistant depression (TRD), psychodynamic psychopharmacology, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
In caring for her patients, Dr. Jaffe values personal dignity, growth, and relationships. Dr. Jaffe's professional focus is skillfully integrating principles of psychotherapy with medication management. She takes a holistic approach to understanding each person, considering biological, psychological, and social health factors. She strives to collaborate with patients to help realize their most important valued goals. Her special interests include: women's mental health, treatment resistant depression (TRD), psychodynamic psychopharmacology, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
(877) 265-3058 View (877) 265-3058
Photo of Robbie Geiselman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brookhaven, GA
Robbie Geiselman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30324
Robbie is dually certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with her Master's in Nursing and from Columbia University with her Post Master's Certificate both times getting inducted to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Throughout her career, she has served as preceptor to nurse practitioner students, educated nursing, medical students, residents and fellows in various subjects.
Robbie is dually certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with her Master's in Nursing and from Columbia University with her Post Master's Certificate both times getting inducted to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Throughout her career, she has served as preceptor to nurse practitioner students, educated nursing, medical students, residents and fellows in various subjects.
(470) 649-3365 View (470) 649-3365
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Lyle Cason
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
Lyle Cason is a certified Physician Assistant who joined LifeStance Health in January 2017. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior from the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Afterward, he completed his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Tampa, Florida where he graduated with highest honors. Lyle believes in providing compassionate care for all and treating each client he sees as a unique individual with unique needs.
Lyle Cason is a certified Physician Assistant who joined LifeStance Health in January 2017. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior from the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Afterward, he completed his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Tampa, Florida where he graduated with highest honors. Lyle believes in providing compassionate care for all and treating each client he sees as a unique individual with unique needs.
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Photo of Kathleen Schaaf, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brookhaven, GA
Kathleen Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30329
Kathy has culturally diverse experience working with people to address their health/mental health needs. After many years working in international healthcare, Kathy returned to the U. S. and helped develop and coordinate an award-winning program for providing healthcare to those in Atlanta experiencing homelessness. Through a collaborative, empathetic, and trauma-informed approach, Kathy works with people from ages 16-65 to find a path to wellness and becoming their best self. Kathy and her family enjoy international travel, hiking, and gathering to play board games.
Kathy has culturally diverse experience working with people to address their health/mental health needs. After many years working in international healthcare, Kathy returned to the U. S. and helped develop and coordinate an award-winning program for providing healthcare to those in Atlanta experiencing homelessness. Through a collaborative, empathetic, and trauma-informed approach, Kathy works with people from ages 16-65 to find a path to wellness and becoming their best self. Kathy and her family enjoy international travel, hiking, and gathering to play board games.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Brookhaven, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Brookhaven, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Sleep or Insomnia
86% Medication Management
71% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Brookhaven, GA see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brookhaven?

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.