Psychiatrists in Forsyth County, GA

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Bel Healthcare Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AP-NP, MSN
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
In my practice, I perform psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups on diverse mental health disorders like Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Eating disorders, Bipolar disorders, Psychosis, Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective disorders and ADHD. My expertise is acquired through 10 years of experience in the medical field and rigorous educational trainings at the University of West Georgia where I obtained my Bachelors in Nursing then I proceeded for my Masters in Nursing at the University of Alabama “Roll Tide”.
In my practice, I perform psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups on diverse mental health disorders like Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Eating disorders, Bipolar disorders, Psychosis, Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective disorders and ADHD. My expertise is acquired through 10 years of experience in the medical field and rigorous educational trainings at the University of West Georgia where I obtained my Bachelors in Nursing then I proceeded for my Masters in Nursing at the University of Alabama “Roll Tide”.
(470) 729-9159 View (470) 729-9159
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Jill Webb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Jill Webb believes in providing compassionate, patient centered care. Jill’s goal is to ensure patients feel heard in an environment of warmth, understanding, and trust. She offers comprehensive care through evidence-based medication management as well as brief supportive and solution-focused psychotherapy. She assists individuals to achieve the highest quality of life by utilizing their strengths.
Jill Webb believes in providing compassionate, patient centered care. Jill’s goal is to ensure patients feel heard in an environment of warmth, understanding, and trust. She offers comprehensive care through evidence-based medication management as well as brief supportive and solution-focused psychotherapy. She assists individuals to achieve the highest quality of life by utilizing their strengths.
(470) 634-9668 View (470) 634-9668
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Dr. Vanessa Ragukonis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30041
Dr. Vanessa Ragukonis is the cofounder of Lanier Family Psychiatry. She specializes in the following services for ages 18 and above: comprehensive diagnostic assessments, medication management, and psychotherapy. Dr. Ragukonis aims to improve daily functioning, so individuals are better able to accomplish their social, academic, occupational, and personal goals. She believes symptomatic relief is best accomplished by addressing each individual’s unique emotional, mental, social, and physical challenges.
Dr. Vanessa Ragukonis is the cofounder of Lanier Family Psychiatry. She specializes in the following services for ages 18 and above: comprehensive diagnostic assessments, medication management, and psychotherapy. Dr. Ragukonis aims to improve daily functioning, so individuals are better able to accomplish their social, academic, occupational, and personal goals. She believes symptomatic relief is best accomplished by addressing each individual’s unique emotional, mental, social, and physical challenges.
(470) 450-4045 View (470) 450-4045
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Azeezat A Samuel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Azeezat A. Samuel is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and mental health. She holds a Master of Nursing degree from Walden University and is board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She began her training earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She went on to her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. After graduating she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in an outpatient clinic.
Azeezat A. Samuel is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and mental health. She holds a Master of Nursing degree from Walden University and is board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She began her training earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She went on to her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. After graduating she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in an outpatient clinic.
(470) 570-4384 View (470) 570-4384
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Windermere Medical Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30041
Windermere Medical Group (WMG) was established in 2009. Our goal is to ensure we do everything possible to help our patients maintain happy, productive and successful lives. Please visit one of our 3 locations in North Georgia: Cumming, Canton and Baldwin. WMG prides itself on having Providers (MD, PMHNP, NP/PA) that are dedicated, compassionate, and innovative. Our excellent reputation is a reflection of our commitment to actively support continuous quality improvement and providing exceptional care via proven treatments. We specialize in all ages (children, teens, adults, and seniors).
Windermere Medical Group (WMG) was established in 2009. Our goal is to ensure we do everything possible to help our patients maintain happy, productive and successful lives. Please visit one of our 3 locations in North Georgia: Cumming, Canton and Baldwin. WMG prides itself on having Providers (MD, PMHNP, NP/PA) that are dedicated, compassionate, and innovative. Our excellent reputation is a reflection of our commitment to actively support continuous quality improvement and providing exceptional care via proven treatments. We specialize in all ages (children, teens, adults, and seniors).
(470) 333-7758 View (470) 333-7758
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Pristella Ohanaja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30041  (Online Only)
Pristella. Ohanaja, DNP, PMHNP-BC and FNP-C, licensed to provide services to adults, children, adolescents, and their families.
Pristella. Ohanaja, DNP, PMHNP-BC and FNP-C, licensed to provide services to adults, children, adolescents, and their families.
(470) 664-2692 View (470) 664-2692
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Dr. Frank Ragukonis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30041
I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist specializing in diagnostic assessments, medication management, and psychotherapy for ages 3 and above. I believe in comprehensive care that extends beyond medication use and am a proponent of incorporating family, academic, and social support.
I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist specializing in diagnostic assessments, medication management, and psychotherapy for ages 3 and above. I believe in comprehensive care that extends beyond medication use and am a proponent of incorporating family, academic, and social support.
(470) 516-9196 View (470) 516-9196
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Susan Player
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
I am an advanced practice registered nurse with a variety of experiences in medical/surgical, psychiatric and project management experience in the arena of nursing care and administration in both civilian and military populations. I graduated from the University of South Caroline for my undergraduate degree in 1979, worked in patient care in Charleston, SC in a variety of hospital settings until I entered into the USAF in 1988, I served on Active Duty until 1991.
I am an advanced practice registered nurse with a variety of experiences in medical/surgical, psychiatric and project management experience in the arena of nursing care and administration in both civilian and military populations. I graduated from the University of South Caroline for my undergraduate degree in 1979, worked in patient care in Charleston, SC in a variety of hospital settings until I entered into the USAF in 1988, I served on Active Duty until 1991.
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Linda Carter Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040  (Online Only)
Linda Carter-Sims is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats a range of mental health concerns. Linda specializes in treating depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and sleep issues. She is passionate about providing comprehensive, quality mental health services for adults (ages 25-65). As a PMHNP, Linda's role is multifaceted, and includes being a mental health advocate, educator, and medication manager.
Linda Carter-Sims is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats a range of mental health concerns. Linda specializes in treating depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and sleep issues. She is passionate about providing comprehensive, quality mental health services for adults (ages 25-65). As a PMHNP, Linda's role is multifaceted, and includes being a mental health advocate, educator, and medication manager.
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Barry Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Barry Jones, M.D., is a licensed psychiatrist at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals working in the Cumming office. My training as a medical doctor, addictionologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst has given me a unique background for the evaluation and treatment of patients. My education has spanned a period of almost 38 years, and continues so that I may always remain abreast of the latest developments. As with any medical specialty, psychiatry is always changing. New and better approaches to solving problems are being developed.
Barry Jones, M.D., is a licensed psychiatrist at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals working in the Cumming office. My training as a medical doctor, addictionologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst has given me a unique background for the evaluation and treatment of patients. My education has spanned a period of almost 38 years, and continues so that I may always remain abreast of the latest developments. As with any medical specialty, psychiatry is always changing. New and better approaches to solving problems are being developed.
(470) 748-6639 View (470) 748-6639
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Ronald Soelimto
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Ronald Soelimto is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Northridge, a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University, and a Post-Master's Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Purdue University Global. Ronald always wanted to challenge himself and expand his knowledge of practice. His learning did not stop at school. Ronald is always looking at the newest research to better help his clients.
Ronald Soelimto is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Northridge, a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University, and a Post-Master's Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Purdue University Global. Ronald always wanted to challenge himself and expand his knowledge of practice. His learning did not stop at school. Ronald is always looking at the newest research to better help his clients.
(470) 835-0652 View (470) 835-0652
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Erika Kang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Erika Kang, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC is a graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received her Masters as an FNP and Augusta University where she received her PMHNP as a Post Masters. While Psychiatry is her true passion, she loves being able to incorporate a comprehensive treatment plan using her background as an FNP by helping clients understand how untreated or unmanaged physical illnesses can exacerbate mental illness. She enjoys working with her clients to help them achieve the goals they are seeking, whether through medication alone or a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
Erika Kang, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC is a graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received her Masters as an FNP and Augusta University where she received her PMHNP as a Post Masters. While Psychiatry is her true passion, she loves being able to incorporate a comprehensive treatment plan using her background as an FNP by helping clients understand how untreated or unmanaged physical illnesses can exacerbate mental illness. She enjoys working with her clients to help them achieve the goals they are seeking, whether through medication alone or a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
(470) 748-6803 View (470) 748-6803
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Tammy Denny-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
ammy Denny-Smith is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia and seasoned in both medical and mental health domains. She believes in a collaborative approach to care when working with individuals and their families. She feels treatment is more successful when the person is an active participant in their treatment plan. Tammy provides empathetic care to create a supportive environment where patients feel heard and empowered in their journey towards holistic well-being. Tammy is passionate about participating in the Life is A Ride Charity that benefits Hooves for Hope Therapeutic riding program.
ammy Denny-Smith is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia and seasoned in both medical and mental health domains. She believes in a collaborative approach to care when working with individuals and their families. She feels treatment is more successful when the person is an active participant in their treatment plan. Tammy provides empathetic care to create a supportive environment where patients feel heard and empowered in their journey towards holistic well-being. Tammy is passionate about participating in the Life is A Ride Charity that benefits Hooves for Hope Therapeutic riding program.
(470) 722-2797 View (470) 722-2797
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New Focus Addiction and Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30041
New Focus is committed to providing addiction and psychiatric services in addition to restoring harmony between the mind, body and spirit. We are in the business of assisting individuals with restoring “wholeness” by channeling serenity and peace to those who struggle with addiction and mental illness. Our goals do not end with recovery. We strive to reconnect our clients with the possibilities of a life filled with meaning, happiness and self-actualization.
New Focus is committed to providing addiction and psychiatric services in addition to restoring harmony between the mind, body and spirit. We are in the business of assisting individuals with restoring “wholeness” by channeling serenity and peace to those who struggle with addiction and mental illness. Our goals do not end with recovery. We strive to reconnect our clients with the possibilities of a life filled with meaning, happiness and self-actualization.
(470) 203-3865 View (470) 203-3865
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Carolyn Mwangi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC, FNP, C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30041  (Online Only)
Carolyn Mwangi is a nurse practitioner certified in psychiatric mental health and family medicine, with over 20 years of experience in the medical field.
Carolyn Mwangi is a nurse practitioner certified in psychiatric mental health and family medicine, with over 20 years of experience in the medical field.
(678) 347-1068 View (678) 347-1068
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Hannah Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Hannah Brooks, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, graduating with Honors in Nursing. After completing her undergraduate degree, she accepted a position at UAB Hospital inpatient psychiatry where she worked in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Units. While working towards her graduate degree, Ms. Brooks trained at UAB Hospital, Cooper Green Community Clinic, and the Birmingham VA.
Hannah Brooks, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, graduating with Honors in Nursing. After completing her undergraduate degree, she accepted a position at UAB Hospital inpatient psychiatry where she worked in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Units. While working towards her graduate degree, Ms. Brooks trained at UAB Hospital, Cooper Green Community Clinic, and the Birmingham VA.
(470) 664-6795 View (470) 664-6795
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Shannon Hummel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Shannon Hummel builds therapeutic relationships in a holistic approach to treatment. She considers mind, body, and spirit elements to get to a patient’s core, addressing every aspect of their depression, anxiety, or trauma. Her approach is to integrate nutrition, exercise, spirituality, self-care, and mindfulness into the examination of all factors influencing a patient’s mood. She conducts in-depth listening, helping patients pull back each emotional layer. Through her compassionate and patient-centered care, patients feel heard and understood so they can believe in their strengths and reach a better quality of life.
Shannon Hummel builds therapeutic relationships in a holistic approach to treatment. She considers mind, body, and spirit elements to get to a patient’s core, addressing every aspect of their depression, anxiety, or trauma. Her approach is to integrate nutrition, exercise, spirituality, self-care, and mindfulness into the examination of all factors influencing a patient’s mood. She conducts in-depth listening, helping patients pull back each emotional layer. Through her compassionate and patient-centered care, patients feel heard and understood so they can believe in their strengths and reach a better quality of life.
(678) 929-2409 View (678) 929-2409
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Atlanta Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry!! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry!! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
(470) 300-1958 View (470) 300-1958
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Dana Reid
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various psychiatric conditions including ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral and emotional problems and relationship issues. My approach is comprehensive, thoughtful and highly individualized. I will take the time to get to know you and understand your specific concerns and goals. Together we will work to address your goals so you can have more fulfilling relationships and life experiences.
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various psychiatric conditions including ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral and emotional problems and relationship issues. My approach is comprehensive, thoughtful and highly individualized. I will take the time to get to know you and understand your specific concerns and goals. Together we will work to address your goals so you can have more fulfilling relationships and life experiences.
(770) 212-2249 View (770) 212-2249
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Ravi Singareddy
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FAASM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
Dr. Singareddy has expertise in treating individuals with depression, OCD and anxiety disorders who are not improving despite multiple medication trials and therapy. He offers innovative FDA approved treatments including TMS and Spravato (Es-Ketamine). He is board certified in psychiatry and has published in the area of depression and anxiety disorders. Prior to coming to private practice he worked at Penn State Univ. Med Ctr. for almost 10 year and was involved in clinical work, education and research.
Dr. Singareddy has expertise in treating individuals with depression, OCD and anxiety disorders who are not improving despite multiple medication trials and therapy. He offers innovative FDA approved treatments including TMS and Spravato (Es-Ketamine). He is board certified in psychiatry and has published in the area of depression and anxiety disorders. Prior to coming to private practice he worked at Penn State Univ. Med Ctr. for almost 10 year and was involved in clinical work, education and research.
(678) 883-7211 View (678) 883-7211

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Number of Psychiatrists in Forsyth County, GA

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Forsyth County, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
91% Depression
91% Bipolar Disorder
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% ADHD
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
79% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Forsyth County, GA see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Forsyth 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.