Psychiatrists in Waynesboro, GA

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Global Mentality Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waynesboro, GA 30830
I believe in providing the best care possible to all clients. Everyone should leave my office, feeling better than before. Together, we will develop treatment plans that work for you.
I believe in providing the best care possible to all clients. Everyone should leave my office, feeling better than before. Together, we will develop treatment plans that work for you.
(706) 203-4364 View (706) 203-4364

Online Psychiatrists

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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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Jeffrey Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Pooler, GA 31322
Jeffrey Harris is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. Jeffrey helps clients through psychopharmacology. Outside of work, Jeffrey enjoys spending time with family.
Jeffrey Harris is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. Jeffrey helps clients through psychopharmacology. Outside of work, Jeffrey enjoys spending time with family.
(912) 394-3742 View (912) 394-3742
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Stefanie Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grovetown, GA 30813
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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Dr. Randy Tyler Warner
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Hinesville, GA 31313  (Online Only)
Each and every individual is unique and has had their own collective experience to shape the person that they have become. Also, each and every individual has variances in how they might respond to standard or novel treatments. Decades of experience in post-residency training and thousands of patients of all ages later have shaped my treatment approach. That would be one that is extremely methodical. You can be assured that every step along the way will be executed to the highest professional standards. I will work tirelessly to see that you are returned to your baseline functioning and won't stop trying until that is attained.
Each and every individual is unique and has had their own collective experience to shape the person that they have become. Also, each and every individual has variances in how they might respond to standard or novel treatments. Decades of experience in post-residency training and thousands of patients of all ages later have shaped my treatment approach. That would be one that is extremely methodical. You can be assured that every step along the way will be executed to the highest professional standards. I will work tirelessly to see that you are returned to your baseline functioning and won't stop trying until that is attained.
(912) 254-4160 View (912) 254-4160
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Benedicta N Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31401  (Online Only)
Dr. Benedicta Okoye has a wide range of clinical experience; she has worked in the healthcare field for over two decades. She is a doctorate dual prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Dr. Benedicta Okoye has a wide range of clinical experience; she has worked in the healthcare field for over two decades. She is a doctorate dual prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(678) 218-1958 View (678) 218-1958
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Jennifer Logan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grovetown, GA 30813
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.
(706) 906-6662 View (706) 906-6662
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31401
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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Ronald Sites
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Dr. Sites is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorder. He utilizes both medication and brief supportive psychotherapy. Education and Certifications Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Sites not only attended Furman University but he also completed medical school and his Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Sites is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorder. He utilizes both medication and brief supportive psychotherapy. Education and Certifications Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Sites not only attended Furman University but he also completed medical school and his Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
(706) 898-4893 View (706) 898-4893
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Lisa Marie Sheehan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Lisa Sheehan provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Sheehan evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Lisa Sheehan provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Sheehan evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
(706) 932-5747 View (706) 932-5747
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Laura T Houwers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30901  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Laura. I am a dually certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Certified Nurse Midwife. You deserve to have a provider who works with you as a partner in your healthcare. I strive to help you achieve your mental health goals, whether it be through the management of medications or the addition of alternatives.
Hi, my name is Laura. I am a dually certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Certified Nurse Midwife. You deserve to have a provider who works with you as a partner in your healthcare. I strive to help you achieve your mental health goals, whether it be through the management of medications or the addition of alternatives.
(770) 481-9660 View (770) 481-9660
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Manifesting Minds, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, MBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Augusta, GA 30901  (Online Only)
I am Lori Lewis, a dedicated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For years, I have been committed to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health challenges. With a diverse background in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. My decision to specialize in mental health nursing came after a personal experience that transformed my life. As a survivor of sexual assault, I spent years running away from my own mental health struggles. As a mental health advocate, I strongly believe the significance of facing your fears while allowing yourself grace.
I am Lori Lewis, a dedicated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For years, I have been committed to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health challenges. With a diverse background in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. My decision to specialize in mental health nursing came after a personal experience that transformed my life. As a survivor of sexual assault, I spent years running away from my own mental health struggles. As a mental health advocate, I strongly believe the significance of facing your fears while allowing yourself grace.
(678) 403-6669 View (678) 403-6669
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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.
(478) 241-6354 View (478) 241-6354
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Glory Recovery Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Break free from Opioid addiction, Reclaim back your glorious life. We offer Suboxone treatment for both new and existing patients. Our program has a high success rate for those that complies with treatment. Begin your treatment today with only $99 Our payment is very flexible and affordable. We do not accept any form of insurance payment. The clinic accepts only self-pay patients only. Glory Recovery Solutions now provides personalized on-line treatment consultations for prescription pain/heroin addiction and co-occurring psychiatric conditions. This is offered to you in the comfort of your own familiar environment.
Break free from Opioid addiction, Reclaim back your glorious life. We offer Suboxone treatment for both new and existing patients. Our program has a high success rate for those that complies with treatment. Begin your treatment today with only $99 Our payment is very flexible and affordable. We do not accept any form of insurance payment. The clinic accepts only self-pay patients only. Glory Recovery Solutions now provides personalized on-line treatment consultations for prescription pain/heroin addiction and co-occurring psychiatric conditions. This is offered to you in the comfort of your own familiar environment.
(678) 568-4861 View (678) 568-4861
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Misty Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Dr. Lewis is a South Georgia girl with southern charm. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As an Augusta University Jaguar, she continued her educational journey in graduate school where she completed her Masters in Clinical Leadership in 2017 and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health in 2021. While there, she served as a scholar for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program that integrated behavioral health with primary care. She has special interests in mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
Dr. Lewis is a South Georgia girl with southern charm. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As an Augusta University Jaguar, she continued her educational journey in graduate school where she completed her Masters in Clinical Leadership in 2017 and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health in 2021. While there, she served as a scholar for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program that integrated behavioral health with primary care. She has special interests in mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
(706) 943-2877 View (706) 943-2877
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Eman Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30901  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Eman, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner currently living in the Atlanta area. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from August University in 2018. Previously I worked as a Registered Nurse with children and adolescents in the residential setting. I have been working as a nurse practitioner since 2021 treat a wide range of diagnoses among chil
Hello! My name is Eman, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner currently living in the Atlanta area. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from August University in 2018. Previously I worked as a Registered Nurse with children and adolescents in the residential setting. I have been working as a nurse practitioner since 2021 treat a wide range of diagnoses among chil
(470) 570-2983 View (470) 570-2983
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David Sogbamu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30605
Mr. David Sogbamu, MSN, APRN, PMHNP–BC, stands at the forefront of psychiatric and mental health care, bringing a wealth of expertise and a compassionate approach to his practice. As a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on the entire lifespan, David has dedicated his career to the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions.
Mr. David Sogbamu, MSN, APRN, PMHNP–BC, stands at the forefront of psychiatric and mental health care, bringing a wealth of expertise and a compassionate approach to his practice. As a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on the entire lifespan, David has dedicated his career to the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions.
(706) 493-7738 View (706) 493-7738
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Maria J Vega
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31408
I am an experienced, board certified psychiatrist. I earned my medical degree in 1995 and completed a Residency in adult psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. I then did a 2 year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry I worked as an assistant professor at Jackson Memorial Hospital from 2002-2005. I was then voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry. I have vast experience treating eating disorders, ADHD, and autism, via both medication and/or therapy. I am currently residing in both Georgia and Florida, and fluent in Spanish. I offer telemedicine services.
I am an experienced, board certified psychiatrist. I earned my medical degree in 1995 and completed a Residency in adult psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. I then did a 2 year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry I worked as an assistant professor at Jackson Memorial Hospital from 2002-2005. I was then voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry. I have vast experience treating eating disorders, ADHD, and autism, via both medication and/or therapy. I am currently residing in both Georgia and Florida, and fluent in Spanish. I offer telemedicine services.
(305) 834-4419 View (305) 834-4419
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Allison Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
In my nursing career I have had the privilege of working with patients throughout all stages of their life. I enjoy partnering with my patients to develop a holistic individualized plan. After working with mothers in the NICU and being a new mother myself, I am particularly passionate about maternal mental health education and treatment. I have completed continuing education through Postpartum Support International to allow me to partner with and serve families throughout the CSRA.
In my nursing career I have had the privilege of working with patients throughout all stages of their life. I enjoy partnering with my patients to develop a holistic individualized plan. After working with mothers in the NICU and being a new mother myself, I am particularly passionate about maternal mental health education and treatment. I have completed continuing education through Postpartum Support International to allow me to partner with and serve families throughout the CSRA.
(706) 690-4183 View (706) 690-4183
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Harriet Kay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Martinez, GA 30907
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.
(706) 252-3351 View (706) 252-3351

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Number of Psychiatrists in Waynesboro, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Waynesboro, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Waynesboro, 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 Waynesboro?

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.