Psychiatrists in Harlem, GA

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Jennifer Logan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Harlem, GA 30814
Dr. Jennifer Logan attended Augusta University where she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health. While her clinical experience covers the lifespan, she has a grounded combination of clinical, research and educational experience in working with the adult and veteran population. Dr. Logan has a solid and diverse background in leadership and academic excellence. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Dr. Jennifer Logan attended Augusta University where she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health. While her clinical experience covers the lifespan, she has a grounded combination of clinical, research and educational experience in working with the adult and veteran population. Dr. Logan has a solid and diverse background in leadership and academic excellence. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
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Stefanie Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Harlem, GA 30814
Mrs. Stefanie Livingston is a compassionate adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. As a part of her formal education, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Here, she received her master's degree specializing in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Based in Augusta, GA, Mrs. Livingston is an integral member of LifeStance Health - Georgia. She provides each client with the professional concern and attention needed to attain an improved quality of life. Mrs. Livingston treats anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, bipolar disorders, anger management concerns and PTSD, etc.
Mrs. Stefanie Livingston is a compassionate adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. As a part of her formal education, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Here, she received her master's degree specializing in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Based in Augusta, GA, Mrs. Livingston is an integral member of LifeStance Health - Georgia. She provides each client with the professional concern and attention needed to attain an improved quality of life. Mrs. Livingston treats anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, bipolar disorders, anger management concerns and PTSD, etc.
(706) 400-4788 View (706) 400-4788

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Linda Y. Evans
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grovetown, GA 30813
Dr. Linda Y. Evans is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1987. Dr. Evans is very thorough in her assessments. She does not just give a pill for a symptom. Dr. Evans strives to understand the person as an individual and tries to see their problems in the context of their life experiences. The trusting relationship between doctor and patient is necessary for effective and safe treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Evans loves to read, do Pilates, try new recipes (especially cakes and cookies), walk, travel, and spend time with her family.
Dr. Linda Y. Evans is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1987. Dr. Evans is very thorough in her assessments. She does not just give a pill for a symptom. Dr. Evans strives to understand the person as an individual and tries to see their problems in the context of their life experiences. The trusting relationship between doctor and patient is necessary for effective and safe treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Evans loves to read, do Pilates, try new recipes (especially cakes and cookies), walk, travel, and spend time with her family.
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Andrea R. Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Grovetown, GA 30813
Andrea R. Jackson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and Education. She went on to obtain a Bachelor's of Nursing from Valdosta State University and a Master's of Nursing degree from Rutgers University, followed by a post-graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate from Wilkes University. Andrea provides evidence-based, patient-centered care to individuals seeking to improve and maintain their mental health.
Andrea R. Jackson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and Education. She went on to obtain a Bachelor's of Nursing from Valdosta State University and a Master's of Nursing degree from Rutgers University, followed by a post-graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate from Wilkes University. Andrea provides evidence-based, patient-centered care to individuals seeking to improve and maintain their mental health.
(706) 962-6378 View (706) 962-6378
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Kathy Dexter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MLS, MHA, MPA, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Not Verified Not Verified
Grovetown, GA 30813
Ms. Dexter focuses on supporting the adult patient’s total mental health and emotional well-being. She encourages family involvement in the therapeutic process. Discovering the optimal medication regimen for each patient is her goal. She believes that psychotherapy is an essential adjunct to medication in improving each person’s quality of life.
Ms. Dexter focuses on supporting the adult patient’s total mental health and emotional well-being. She encourages family involvement in the therapeutic process. Discovering the optimal medication regimen for each patient is her goal. She believes that psychotherapy is an essential adjunct to medication in improving each person’s quality of life.
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Harriet Kay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30905
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science from University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have been a provider for over 25 years first as an RN working with clients having experienced catastrophic injuries or life-limiting disease in palliative care and trauma and then as a Nurse Practitioner in both Psychiatry and Palliative Care. I have followed clients in residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient levels of care for mental health and alcohol/substance use treatment.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science from University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have been a provider for over 25 years first as an RN working with clients having experienced catastrophic injuries or life-limiting disease in palliative care and trauma and then as a Nurse Practitioner in both Psychiatry and Palliative Care. I have followed clients in residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient levels of care for mental health and alcohol/substance use treatment.
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Lotus Health and Wellness Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt that life is pulling you in every direction possible; between work, relationships, friendships, parenting and you're struggling to keep your head above water to breathe? I can help you understand what anxiety symptoms look like in the physical form, and together we can help identify your triggers, formulate a plan to balance it all, and discuss medication management. Are you self isolating? Neglecting yourself? Have you noticed that you cry more more so than not? Are you having trouble sleeping? Depression may show up different for everyone, but the aching pain that it delivers is the same.
Have you ever felt that life is pulling you in every direction possible; between work, relationships, friendships, parenting and you're struggling to keep your head above water to breathe? I can help you understand what anxiety symptoms look like in the physical form, and together we can help identify your triggers, formulate a plan to balance it all, and discuss medication management. Are you self isolating? Neglecting yourself? Have you noticed that you cry more more so than not? Are you having trouble sleeping? Depression may show up different for everyone, but the aching pain that it delivers is the same.
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Pacifica Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31201
The decision to start medication for your mental health is a big step to creating the life you deserve. Dr. Notini is specialized in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and PTSD. Dr. Notini has experience serving veterans and active duty military individuals as well.
The decision to start medication for your mental health is a big step to creating the life you deserve. Dr. Notini is specialized in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and PTSD. Dr. Notini has experience serving veterans and active duty military individuals as well.
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30601
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Ireta Favors
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30601  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Ireta Favors and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I possess 10 years plus of diverse experience in the field of mental health. I chose and continue to choose the field of mental health because I have a genuine passion for listening, educating and assisting others in becoming the best version of themselves. I look forward to helping you become the best version of you!
Welcome! My name is Ireta Favors and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I possess 10 years plus of diverse experience in the field of mental health. I chose and continue to choose the field of mental health because I have a genuine passion for listening, educating and assisting others in becoming the best version of themselves. I look forward to helping you become the best version of you!
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Evelyn Booker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
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Michayala Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30601  (Online Only)
My name is Michayala Bush and I’m a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have specialized in Mental Health since 2013 treating patients in state mental facilities, correctional facilities, crisis centers, and community mental health. I specialize in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and behavioral issues.
My name is Michayala Bush and I’m a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have specialized in Mental Health since 2013 treating patients in state mental facilities, correctional facilities, crisis centers, and community mental health. I specialize in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and behavioral issues.
(229) 216-9340 View (229) 216-9340
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Dr. Judith Ngulefac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, BCMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31206
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. She believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan.
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. She believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan.
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Stewart Shevitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Dr. Shevitz has been in Augusta since 1992. After obtaining his BA from the University of Virginia in Psychology, Dr. Shevitz attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and then went on to do his psychiatric training at Dartmouth Medical School. He has worked in a variety of settings including the Navajo Indian Reservation, Vanderbilt University, and served as Director of Psychiatry at a large general hospital in Eugene, OR before coming to Augusta.
Dr. Shevitz has been in Augusta since 1992. After obtaining his BA from the University of Virginia in Psychology, Dr. Shevitz attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and then went on to do his psychiatric training at Dartmouth Medical School. He has worked in a variety of settings including the Navajo Indian Reservation, Vanderbilt University, and served as Director of Psychiatry at a large general hospital in Eugene, OR before coming to Augusta.
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Tierria Ogiamien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30901  (Online Only)
Tierria is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the Healthcare field. She has worked with diverse populations across the United States including Corrections, Community Mental Health, and Inpatient Psychiatry. Tierria received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi in 2010 and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama in 2016.
Tierria is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the Healthcare field. She has worked with diverse populations across the United States including Corrections, Community Mental Health, and Inpatient Psychiatry. Tierria received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi in 2010 and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama in 2016.
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Gregory Claxton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Milledgeville, GA 31061  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety? Moodiness? Restlessness? Feeling down? Can't focus? I'd love to work with you to see if we can find solutions together. My main goal is to help YOU decide a mental health treatment that will be safe and most effective for you. My role is not to simply prescribe medication. My role is to be your collaborator and resource for information about medication options and prescribe them as appropriate!
Are you struggling with anxiety? Moodiness? Restlessness? Feeling down? Can't focus? I'd love to work with you to see if we can find solutions together. My main goal is to help YOU decide a mental health treatment that will be safe and most effective for you. My role is not to simply prescribe medication. My role is to be your collaborator and resource for information about medication options and prescribe them as appropriate!
(478) 250-0462 View (478) 250-0462
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Donna Cross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conyers, GA 30013
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Pract. The clients that I am best positioned to serve are clients with mental health issues and life stressors. I provide comprehensive care to individuals and families. I form strong therapeutic relationships with individuals across the lifespan- becoming familiar with their stories and challenges to transform their lives in a productive way. I promote well-being through prevention and education, and collaboration with patient and family. I want my clients to have the aspirations, desires, and a vision that will allow them to grow and thrive in their respective communities.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Pract. The clients that I am best positioned to serve are clients with mental health issues and life stressors. I provide comprehensive care to individuals and families. I form strong therapeutic relationships with individuals across the lifespan- becoming familiar with their stories and challenges to transform their lives in a productive way. I promote well-being through prevention and education, and collaboration with patient and family. I want my clients to have the aspirations, desires, and a vision that will allow them to grow and thrive in their respective communities.
(678) 562-6976 View (678) 562-6976
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Esther Narhmartey-Darku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Esther is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the ANCC. Esther has a strong rapport with patients of all ages, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents.
Esther is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the ANCC. Esther has a strong rapport with patients of all ages, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents.
(770) 758-2057 View (770) 758-2057
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Damion Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30601  (Online Only)
Hello, and I am honored to provide the best care possible to you. I bring to you decades of medical and nursing care and knowledge. I started my healthcare career in high school and haven't looked back. I believe my passion for helping people started at a very young age; however, it was my duty to cultivate my calling. I have been a nurse since 1998. I started as a nursing assistant and steadily progressed my titles to that of an LPN, RN, and ultimately, a nurse practitioner since 2015.
Hello, and I am honored to provide the best care possible to you. I bring to you decades of medical and nursing care and knowledge. I started my healthcare career in high school and haven't looked back. I believe my passion for helping people started at a very young age; however, it was my duty to cultivate my calling. I have been a nurse since 1998. I started as a nursing assistant and steadily progressed my titles to that of an LPN, RN, and ultimately, a nurse practitioner since 2015.
(470) 683-6802 View (470) 683-6802
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Sylvie Shiwiri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monroe, GA 30655
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 20 years working as a health care professional specializing in mental health and developmental disabilities. I enjoy working with clientele from various cultures, socioeconomic statuses, and mental health backgrounds. I am here to work with you to help you live a well deserve life through communication, education, empathy, and understanding. I am always ready to help you!
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 20 years working as a health care professional specializing in mental health and developmental disabilities. I enjoy working with clientele from various cultures, socioeconomic statuses, and mental health backgrounds. I am here to work with you to help you live a well deserve life through communication, education, empathy, and understanding. I am always ready to help you!
(470) 660-3107 View (470) 660-3107

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Number of Psychiatrists in Harlem, GA

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Psychiatrists in Harlem, GA who prioritize treating:

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

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Harlem, GA 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 Harlem?

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.