Psychiatrists in Chicago, IL

Photo of Faustina Adenuga, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Faustina Adenuga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60645
Do you feel alone, stigmatized, and have difficulty coping well with everyday pressure? Do you feel like you’re in a deep hole emotionally that looks like there’s no way out?
Do you feel alone, stigmatized, and have difficulty coping well with everyday pressure? Do you feel like you’re in a deep hole emotionally that looks like there’s no way out?
(872) 266-2584 View (872) 266-2584
Photo of Jason Sweazy, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jason Sweazy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60642
I bring enthusiasm, competence, and compassion to my patient care. I am focused and disciplined with a positive and collaborative nature. I am committed to using best practices, to consulting and using the latest evidence-based algorithms and to using the most current resources (UpToDate, NEI, Epocrates, and Lexicomp). I take special pride in providing excellent education to patients and their families.
I bring enthusiasm, competence, and compassion to my patient care. I am focused and disciplined with a positive and collaborative nature. I am committed to using best practices, to consulting and using the latest evidence-based algorithms and to using the most current resources (UpToDate, NEI, Epocrates, and Lexicomp). I take special pride in providing excellent education to patients and their families.
(708) 223-2169 View (708) 223-2169
Photo of Christopher F. Pirok, MD, Psychiatrist
Christopher F. Pirok
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611
I am most interested in collaborating in a way that allows for optimal outcomes. How this takes form depends on your individual needs. A common difficulty people face is obtaining clear information from their doctor. It can be frustrating for the patient and for the family to receive information from a team of providers in a way that sounds like individual voices that are not in synchrony as opposed to a concise, cogent summary of the available information that affects decision-making.
I am most interested in collaborating in a way that allows for optimal outcomes. How this takes form depends on your individual needs. A common difficulty people face is obtaining clear information from their doctor. It can be frustrating for the patient and for the family to receive information from a team of providers in a way that sounds like individual voices that are not in synchrony as opposed to a concise, cogent summary of the available information that affects decision-making.
(312) 874-5203 View (312) 874-5203
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Richard P. Harris
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
What are your symptoms? Anxiety, fatigue, avoidance, sleeplessness, back pain, procrastination, loneliness, anger outbursts..... All symptoms are experiences of pain (dis-ease) and/or ineffective behavior. Symptoms will occur when your "operating system" is overtaxed. My treatment approach focuses on reducing your symptoms and developing more strength and flexibility in your overall managing system, e.g., how you characteristically feel and act in the world. Due to known and as yet unknown problematic side effects of all prescription drugs, I use much safer and ultimately more powerful methods for symptom relief, prevention of recurrence and enduring health.
What are your symptoms? Anxiety, fatigue, avoidance, sleeplessness, back pain, procrastination, loneliness, anger outbursts..... All symptoms are experiences of pain (dis-ease) and/or ineffective behavior. Symptoms will occur when your "operating system" is overtaxed. My treatment approach focuses on reducing your symptoms and developing more strength and flexibility in your overall managing system, e.g., how you characteristically feel and act in the world. Due to known and as yet unknown problematic side effects of all prescription drugs, I use much safer and ultimately more powerful methods for symptom relief, prevention of recurrence and enduring health.
(312) 313-2161 View (312) 313-2161
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Suzanne Rosenfeld
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60603
What do you want to get from a therapeutic encounter? Perhaps you hope it will open doors or you wish to validate decisions made in your life. Alternatively you feel that your kindest and most creative self is limited in its potentialities and you are unsure why you feel depressed, anxious, or unfulfilled. Maybe you need to explore the emotional impact of an illness, or, the effects of psychological and environmental stressors on your body (unexplainable physical complaints, professional burnout). In all these situations, consider a psychoanalytical consultation that begins with the doctor-patient relationship as the treatment of choice.
What do you want to get from a therapeutic encounter? Perhaps you hope it will open doors or you wish to validate decisions made in your life. Alternatively you feel that your kindest and most creative self is limited in its potentialities and you are unsure why you feel depressed, anxious, or unfulfilled. Maybe you need to explore the emotional impact of an illness, or, the effects of psychological and environmental stressors on your body (unexplainable physical complaints, professional burnout). In all these situations, consider a psychoanalytical consultation that begins with the doctor-patient relationship as the treatment of choice.
(312) 698-3266 View (312) 698-3266
Photo of Oreoluwatomi Agbaje, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Oreoluwatomi Agbaje
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622
My name is Tomi ,a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Chicagoland area with experience treating patients across the lifespan. My passion for deeply understanding individual's unique needs makes me natural at this job. I work with patients, in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! I first and foremost provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being. I then offer various types of therapy coupled with medication managements if deemed appropriately.
My name is Tomi ,a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Chicagoland area with experience treating patients across the lifespan. My passion for deeply understanding individual's unique needs makes me natural at this job. I work with patients, in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! I first and foremost provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being. I then offer various types of therapy coupled with medication managements if deemed appropriately.
(773) 900-6609 View (773) 900-6609
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Samantha O'Brien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience providing mental health services to patients across the lifespan in outpatient treatment settings.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience providing mental health services to patients across the lifespan in outpatient treatment settings.
(312) 872-8786 View (312) 872-8786
Photo of Chudney Williams, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chudney Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Chudney, I am a dual licensed nurse practitioner. I am a certified family medicine and psychiatric mental health doctorate prepared nurse practitioner. I specialize in providing care for the whole being, working with patient's age 5-65 years of age. I am a native of Tennessee. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Baptist College of Health Science in 2011. I then went to earn a Master's in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Tennessess State University in 2017. In December 2022, I graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with my Doctorate in Psychiatric Mental Health.
Hello! My name is Chudney, I am a dual licensed nurse practitioner. I am a certified family medicine and psychiatric mental health doctorate prepared nurse practitioner. I specialize in providing care for the whole being, working with patient's age 5-65 years of age. I am a native of Tennessee. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Baptist College of Health Science in 2011. I then went to earn a Master's in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Tennessess State University in 2017. In December 2022, I graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with my Doctorate in Psychiatric Mental Health.
(224) 298-8473 View (224) 298-8473
Photo of Ricardo Orozco, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ricardo Orozco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60642
I am able to provide medication management for any condition included in the DSM-V. Mood disorders, psychotic disorders, neurodivergent disorders, Depression, Anxiety, sleep disorders, etc. When managing Neurodivergent disorders, documentation to support childhood evaluations and diagnosis is required upon initial meeting. If patient was never evaluated as a child, we will require neuropsychological testing to support diagnosis prior to initiating pharmacologic treatment. Controlled substance agreements are utilized for any scheduled drugs that are prescribed. Strict DEA guidelines in practice for such medications.
I am able to provide medication management for any condition included in the DSM-V. Mood disorders, psychotic disorders, neurodivergent disorders, Depression, Anxiety, sleep disorders, etc. When managing Neurodivergent disorders, documentation to support childhood evaluations and diagnosis is required upon initial meeting. If patient was never evaluated as a child, we will require neuropsychological testing to support diagnosis prior to initiating pharmacologic treatment. Controlled substance agreements are utilized for any scheduled drugs that are prescribed. Strict DEA guidelines in practice for such medications.
(312) 847-4534 View (312) 847-4534
Photo of Anna Hereth, PA-C, CAQ, Physician Assistant
Anna Hereth
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
(872) 259-5324 View (872) 259-5324
Photo of Jill M Powers, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jill M Powers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60631
I am accepting new clients. I am dually board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. For the last 16 years as a Nurse Practitioner, I have served the psychiatric community in multiple ways and settings; their primary care needs and their psychiatric needs. I enjoy getting to know the whole patient and understanding their lives to find the best treatment.
I am accepting new clients. I am dually board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. For the last 16 years as a Nurse Practitioner, I have served the psychiatric community in multiple ways and settings; their primary care needs and their psychiatric needs. I enjoy getting to know the whole patient and understanding their lives to find the best treatment.
(224) 268-9602 View (224) 268-9602
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Timothy Kaatman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
I became interested in Psychiatry early on while studying psychology in college. From my early experiences in medical training, it became clear to me that I had a natural ability to listen and provide empathetic care for my patients. Providing education and counseling regarding psychiatric treatment is an important aspect of the field which I strive to accomplish in every visit. Throughout my training I have been consistently told that my unique ability to make a patient comfortable and heard is one of my greatest strengths.
I became interested in Psychiatry early on while studying psychology in college. From my early experiences in medical training, it became clear to me that I had a natural ability to listen and provide empathetic care for my patients. Providing education and counseling regarding psychiatric treatment is an important aspect of the field which I strive to accomplish in every visit. Throughout my training I have been consistently told that my unique ability to make a patient comfortable and heard is one of my greatest strengths.
(312) 604-5291 View (312) 604-5291
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Pedro Dago
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 29 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD),Mood Disorder .
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 29 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD),Mood Disorder .
(872) 219-1890 View (872) 219-1890
Photo of Melissa Vitale, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Vitale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60642
Melissa Vitale is currently accepting new patients. Melissa Vitale is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, or thought disorders such as schizophrenia. For every new patient, Melissa provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental health treatment including medication management and individual psychotherapy.
Melissa Vitale is currently accepting new patients. Melissa Vitale is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, or thought disorders such as schizophrenia. For every new patient, Melissa provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental health treatment including medication management and individual psychotherapy.
(312) 313-7813 View (312) 313-7813
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Aayu Clinics
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
We are a primary care group that cares for individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, B.E.D., and other diagnoses. We primarily work with our patients to identify and diagnose the condition followed by the appropriate medication management. We believe in a holistic approach - combining lifestyle, exercise, mindfulness, psychotherapy and when needed, medications. Every person is unique and the key is in personalizing the right medication and the right dose. We use gene-drug information to guide the correct medication choice for the individual, instead of trying different medications to find the right one.
We are a primary care group that cares for individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, B.E.D., and other diagnoses. We primarily work with our patients to identify and diagnose the condition followed by the appropriate medication management. We believe in a holistic approach - combining lifestyle, exercise, mindfulness, psychotherapy and when needed, medications. Every person is unique and the key is in personalizing the right medication and the right dose. We use gene-drug information to guide the correct medication choice for the individual, instead of trying different medications to find the right one.
(773) 922-4243 View (773) 922-4243
Photo of Victoria Nee, MD, Psychiatrist
Victoria Nee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
Are you concerned your psychiatrist might diagnose & prescribe medication ("match the pill to the ill") without addressing root causes of your problem? Most psychiatrists don't look at the brain as part of the body & don't think about underlying conditions such as inflammation, an unhealthy gut, high toxin load, food sensitivities, or "out-of-whack" hormones (to name just a few). These conditions don't just affect your body, but also affect your brain, resulting in depression, anxiety, insomnia, "brain fog" & other psychological symptoms. Medication can work spectacularly well, but often doesn't, if the body is too imbalanced.
Are you concerned your psychiatrist might diagnose & prescribe medication ("match the pill to the ill") without addressing root causes of your problem? Most psychiatrists don't look at the brain as part of the body & don't think about underlying conditions such as inflammation, an unhealthy gut, high toxin load, food sensitivities, or "out-of-whack" hormones (to name just a few). These conditions don't just affect your body, but also affect your brain, resulting in depression, anxiety, insomnia, "brain fog" & other psychological symptoms. Medication can work spectacularly well, but often doesn't, if the body is too imbalanced.
(312) 634-6867 View (312) 634-6867
Photo of Alfreda Shields, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alfreda Shields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
To schedule an appointment, please book a call with our Client Care Coordinator here: www.calendly.com/adminccbh I am dedicated to providing the evidence-based care that patients deserve, and I desire to establish long-lasting relationships with clients. I have an interest in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, OCD, and PTSD.
To schedule an appointment, please book a call with our Client Care Coordinator here: www.calendly.com/adminccbh I am dedicated to providing the evidence-based care that patients deserve, and I desire to establish long-lasting relationships with clients. I have an interest in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, OCD, and PTSD.
(312) 564-5830 View (312) 564-5830
Photo of Yuliya Ihlitskaya, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Yuliya Ihlitskaya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60607
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring a holistic approach to mental health care. My expertise lies in conducting thorough assessments, diagnosing mental health conditions, and developing personalized treatment plans. I offer evidence-based interventions, medication management, and psychotherapeutic support tailored to each individual's needs. Additionally, my commitment extends to education, ensuring clients and their families are well-informed about their conditions and treatment options. By fostering a compassionate and collaborative therapeutic relationship, I aim to empower individuals on their path to mental well-being.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring a holistic approach to mental health care. My expertise lies in conducting thorough assessments, diagnosing mental health conditions, and developing personalized treatment plans. I offer evidence-based interventions, medication management, and psychotherapeutic support tailored to each individual's needs. Additionally, my commitment extends to education, ensuring clients and their families are well-informed about their conditions and treatment options. By fostering a compassionate and collaborative therapeutic relationship, I aim to empower individuals on their path to mental well-being.
(708) 694-9573 View (708) 694-9573
Photo of Michelle Wolff, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Michelle Wolff
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60611
Waitlist for new clients
Are you looking for a Psychiatry provider that listens to you and includes you in the your treatment plan? Are you looking for a compassionate, non-judgemental psychiatry provider that provides a comfortable, safe environment to meet? Do you want to feel empowered knowing you are on the proper medications and therapies to overcome your struggles, and turn around your life?
Are you looking for a Psychiatry provider that listens to you and includes you in the your treatment plan? Are you looking for a compassionate, non-judgemental psychiatry provider that provides a comfortable, safe environment to meet? Do you want to feel empowered knowing you are on the proper medications and therapies to overcome your struggles, and turn around your life?
(630) 593-7720 View (630) 593-7720
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Michael Grover
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640
Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on the unconscious meanings of thoughts and feelings rather than focusing upon behavior. I’m interested in helping children, adolescents and adults discover the patterns in their emotional and cognitive worlds in order to gain insight into themselves, towards a deeper understanding and integration of unconscious processes into daily life. After obtaining my medical degree at McGill University in 1982, I interned in Montreal in internal medicine before coming to the University of Chicago to complete my residency in general psychiatry and then a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1990.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on the unconscious meanings of thoughts and feelings rather than focusing upon behavior. I’m interested in helping children, adolescents and adults discover the patterns in their emotional and cognitive worlds in order to gain insight into themselves, towards a deeper understanding and integration of unconscious processes into daily life. After obtaining my medical degree at McGill University in 1982, I interned in Montreal in internal medicine before coming to the University of Chicago to complete my residency in general psychiatry and then a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1990.
(312) 210-0303 View (312) 210-0303

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Chicago, IL

300+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Chicago, IL who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
92% Depression
70% Bipolar Disorder
66% ADHD
66% Trauma and PTSD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% Aetna
79% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Chicago, IL see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
33% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Chicago?

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.