Psychiatrists in Decatur, IL

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Decatur, IL 62523
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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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Decatur, IL 62522  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
(217) 993-8013 View (217) 993-8013
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Decatur, IL 62522  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, 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. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, 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. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(309) 808-6562 View (309) 808-6562
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Kimberly A Earl
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, IL 62521
My background include services focusing on depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, Adult ADHD, High Functioning Adult Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and addiction issues. I work well with clients who are invested in treatment, appreciate a holistic approach, work for mental wellness and clarity, enjoy collaboration and have a desire to achieve life balance. A collaborative approach with a therapist is essential and required in some cases. Insured patients needing continued Suboxone treatment will be considered; initial consult will determine if appropriate to my clinic.
My background include services focusing on depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, Adult ADHD, High Functioning Adult Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and addiction issues. I work well with clients who are invested in treatment, appreciate a holistic approach, work for mental wellness and clarity, enjoy collaboration and have a desire to achieve life balance. A collaborative approach with a therapist is essential and required in some cases. Insured patients needing continued Suboxone treatment will be considered; initial consult will determine if appropriate to my clinic.
(217) 203-8442 View (217) 203-8442

Online Psychiatrists

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Melinda Rader
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Thank-you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and elders experiencing a wide array of mental health issues, including anxiety, chronic stress, depression, bipolar disorder, thought disorders, and alcohol and substance misuse issues.
Thank-you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and elders experiencing a wide array of mental health issues, including anxiety, chronic stress, depression, bipolar disorder, thought disorders, and alcohol and substance misuse issues.
(217) 776-8523 View (217) 776-8523
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Layne D. Stambaugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Canton, IL 61520
My name is Layne Stambaugh and I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the care of adults and children struggling with acute and chronic conditions, including: PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorders and Schizophrenia. I operate an independent virtual practice called Braintique.
My name is Layne Stambaugh and I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the care of adults and children struggling with acute and chronic conditions, including: PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorders and Schizophrenia. I operate an independent virtual practice called Braintique.
(309) 306-7174 View (309) 306-7174
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Yanci Shroyer & Associates, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Olney, IL 62450
I understand that one treatment plan does not fit everyone. I will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.
I understand that one treatment plan does not fit everyone. I will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.
(618) 620-1371 View (618) 620-1371
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Lotus Center for Women's Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peoria, IL 61614
Are you a woman who is seeking support while navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments, family planning, pregnancy or infant loss, pregnancy & postpartum? I offer an integrative approach to treatment, which includes prescribed medication, botanicals/nutraceuticals, healthy sleep habits, ecotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, movement, and nutrition. I have received additional training in Integrative & Reproductive psychiatry from Dr. Kate Salama & Dr. Anna Glezer.
Are you a woman who is seeking support while navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments, family planning, pregnancy or infant loss, pregnancy & postpartum? I offer an integrative approach to treatment, which includes prescribed medication, botanicals/nutraceuticals, healthy sleep habits, ecotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, movement, and nutrition. I have received additional training in Integrative & Reproductive psychiatry from Dr. Kate Salama & Dr. Anna Glezer.
(309) 322-9422 View (309) 322-9422
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Fundamental Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Collinsville, IL 62234  (Online Only)
As Nurse Practitioners, with specialized training in both Family and Psychiatric medicine, our core objective is to enhance the overall well-being and mental healthcare of our patients. We take utmost pride in our commitment to deliver the highest quality care, utilizing our gained knowledge and expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. This is achieved by adopting a comprehensive approach to patient care, where we recognize that the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of our patient’s health are interconnected.
As Nurse Practitioners, with specialized training in both Family and Psychiatric medicine, our core objective is to enhance the overall well-being and mental healthcare of our patients. We take utmost pride in our commitment to deliver the highest quality care, utilizing our gained knowledge and expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. This is achieved by adopting a comprehensive approach to patient care, where we recognize that the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of our patient’s health are interconnected.
(618) 266-3261 View (618) 266-3261
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Umesh Rao Chakunta
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Springfield, IL 62711
Dr. Umesh Rao Chakunta is an Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2012. Following Medical Education in India, Dr. Chakunta completed Adult Psychiatry Residency at University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Mount Sinai school of Medicine in New York. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Chakunta has a special Interest in managing mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral problems associated with dementia.
Dr. Umesh Rao Chakunta is an Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2012. Following Medical Education in India, Dr. Chakunta completed Adult Psychiatry Residency at University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Mount Sinai school of Medicine in New York. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Chakunta has a special Interest in managing mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral problems associated with dementia.
(217) 225-5824 View (217) 225-5824
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Theresa Towle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61822  (Online Only)
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
(708) 564-3560 View (708) 564-3560
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820
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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Jodi Juenger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mahomet, IL 61853
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and am dually certified in Family and Psychiatric medicine. Initially, I obtained my Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree, as I was unsure of what area of medicine I was interested in. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to improve my patients' overall health and well-being through independent practice. In 2019, I began thinking it was time to start focusing on my passion for mental health. I obtained my Master’s Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am Board Certified.I believe an individual must be treated as a whole and not by illness alone.
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and am dually certified in Family and Psychiatric medicine. Initially, I obtained my Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree, as I was unsure of what area of medicine I was interested in. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to improve my patients' overall health and well-being through independent practice. In 2019, I began thinking it was time to start focusing on my passion for mental health. I obtained my Master’s Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am Board Certified.I believe an individual must be treated as a whole and not by illness alone.
(217) 687-1369 View (217) 687-1369
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Mandi Troli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN, FNP
Verified Verified
Clifton, IL 60927  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. I received my Masters in Nursing degree from University of St. Francis in Joliet Illinois at the same time I received my post-masters degree as a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and have been in practice as an FNP for over 11 years.
Hi! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. I received my Masters in Nursing degree from University of St. Francis in Joliet Illinois at the same time I received my post-masters degree as a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and have been in practice as an FNP for over 11 years.
(815) 384-1479 View (815) 384-1479
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Geneva A. Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62711
Geneva A. Sanders is an accomplished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, with a wealth of clinical experience spanning over eight years in both medical and psychiatric settings. Throughout her career, Geneva has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and has actively participated in professional organizations, including her membership in the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. With her diverse clinical background and extensive education, Geneva brings a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to her practice, ensuring that her patients receive the highest quality of care.
Geneva A. Sanders is an accomplished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, with a wealth of clinical experience spanning over eight years in both medical and psychiatric settings. Throughout her career, Geneva has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and has actively participated in professional organizations, including her membership in the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. With her diverse clinical background and extensive education, Geneva brings a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to her practice, ensuring that her patients receive the highest quality of care.
(217) 339-3486 View (217) 339-3486
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Danielle Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pekin, IL 61554
Danielle earned nursing degrees from OSF College of Nursing and Walden University.
Danielle earned nursing degrees from OSF College of Nursing and Walden University.
(309) 300-3646 View (309) 300-3646
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Meagan Maas
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62704  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatrist, with fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have a wide range of experiences working with children, adolescents, and adults in clinical, educational, and research settings over the past fourteen years, and see clients 35 years of age and under!
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatrist, with fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have a wide range of experiences working with children, adolescents, and adults in clinical, educational, and research settings over the past fourteen years, and see clients 35 years of age and under!
(217) 776-8703 View (217) 776-8703
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Chandra Pierson-Rye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Springfield, IL 62711
Chandra A. Pierson-Rye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She has over 20 years of diverse clinical experience. She received her Bachelor's in Science & Nursing (BSN) from MacMurray college, her Master's in Nursing & Science (MSN) from Maryville University, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Southern Illinois University “ Edwardsville (SIU-E). She is a member of several organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
Chandra A. Pierson-Rye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She has over 20 years of diverse clinical experience. She received her Bachelor's in Science & Nursing (BSN) from MacMurray college, her Master's in Nursing & Science (MSN) from Maryville University, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Southern Illinois University “ Edwardsville (SIU-E). She is a member of several organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
(217) 837-9274 View (217) 837-9274
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Stacey Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Springfield, IL 62701  (Online Only)
I believe in patient-led care. As your provider, I am here to listen and to answer any questions that you may have.
I believe in patient-led care. As your provider, I am here to listen and to answer any questions that you may have.
(503) 506-4583 View (503) 506-4583

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Decatur, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Decatur, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
100% Women's Issues
100% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Decatur, IL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Decatur?

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.