Psychiatrists in Evanston, IL

Joan Lynch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
I treat a full range of emotional issues experienced by adolescents and adults. Seeking help often represents a craving for emotional capacity to lead a fulfilling and emotionally satisfying life. First we thoroughly evaluate your issues. I then make recommendations for treatment using the best of contemporary psychoanalytic and psychological theory, and when needed psychopharmaceutical theory. My goal is to help you understand your emotions so that you can fell better and develop your life in ways that are important to you.
I treat a full range of emotional issues experienced by adolescents and adults. Seeking help often represents a craving for emotional capacity to lead a fulfilling and emotionally satisfying life. First we thoroughly evaluate your issues. I then make recommendations for treatment using the best of contemporary psychoanalytic and psychological theory, and when needed psychopharmaceutical theory. My goal is to help you understand your emotions so that you can fell better and develop your life in ways that are important to you.
(847) 453-4210 View (847) 453-4210
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Clearview Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Evanston, IL 60201
Accepting new patients. Are you feeling down, lonely, unappreciated, and unfulfilled? Are you always feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and unable to enjoy life? Are you feeling you lacked focus and attention and unable to achieve your life's goals? Are you grieving, or have unresolved traumatic past that is now rearing its ugly head? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life's transitions? Perhaps, you are a student or a busy professional looking for guidance or support. At Clearview Psychiatric Services, we want to help you live your best life now!
Accepting new patients. Are you feeling down, lonely, unappreciated, and unfulfilled? Are you always feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and unable to enjoy life? Are you feeling you lacked focus and attention and unable to achieve your life's goals? Are you grieving, or have unresolved traumatic past that is now rearing its ugly head? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life's transitions? Perhaps, you are a student or a busy professional looking for guidance or support. At Clearview Psychiatric Services, we want to help you live your best life now!
(847) 423-0462 View (847) 423-0462
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Katharine M Porter
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
The best way to get to know how I work is to come in and talk with me about yourself. I work with people who are dissatisfied with their lives as well as people who are struggling with mental illness. I will work with you collaboratively to achieve one or more of the following: greater freedom in what you choose for yourself, greater satisfaction in relationships and work, a sense of mastery over your emotions, symptoms, or sources of distress, deeper self-understanding and comfort with who you are.
The best way to get to know how I work is to come in and talk with me about yourself. I work with people who are dissatisfied with their lives as well as people who are struggling with mental illness. I will work with you collaboratively to achieve one or more of the following: greater freedom in what you choose for yourself, greater satisfaction in relationships and work, a sense of mastery over your emotions, symptoms, or sources of distress, deeper self-understanding and comfort with who you are.
(847) 416-0125 View (847) 416-0125
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Andreea Seicean
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Andreea Seicean, MD, PhD, MPH, completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and addiction in teens and adults. Dr. Seicean has published more than forty articles and been the recipient of multiple awards from: The National Institute of Mental Health, The American Psychiatric Association and The American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she continues to be active in research and teaches psychopharmacology
Andreea Seicean, MD, PhD, MPH, completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and addiction in teens and adults. Dr. Seicean has published more than forty articles and been the recipient of multiple awards from: The National Institute of Mental Health, The American Psychiatric Association and The American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she continues to be active in research and teaches psychopharmacology
(312) 380-2790 View (312) 380-2790
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Marc Sandrolini
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist with many years of experience treating children, teenagers and adults. I am double-boarded, with certifications in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. I was drawn to medicine by a fascination with the interplay between the mind and the brain. But while the physical brain can be examined in many ways, the human mind is still best understood through a discussion of thoughts and feelings between patient and doctor.
I am a psychiatrist with many years of experience treating children, teenagers and adults. I am double-boarded, with certifications in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. I was drawn to medicine by a fascination with the interplay between the mind and the brain. But while the physical brain can be examined in many ways, the human mind is still best understood through a discussion of thoughts and feelings between patient and doctor.
(224) 296-0476 View (224) 296-0476
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Iancu 'mike' Bradean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Mike Bradean is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. He has an Undergraduate in Nursing and Psychology and an Advanced Practice Nurse specialized in Mental Health. Mike provides an empathetic approach focused on understanding each client's unique circumstances. He also loves to educate his clients on the various aspects of their condition and their treatment options. Outside of work, Mike enjoys reading, race car driving, and working out.
Mike Bradean is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. He has an Undergraduate in Nursing and Psychology and an Advanced Practice Nurse specialized in Mental Health. Mike provides an empathetic approach focused on understanding each client's unique circumstances. He also loves to educate his clients on the various aspects of their condition and their treatment options. Outside of work, Mike enjoys reading, race car driving, and working out.
(847) 393-9657 View (847) 393-9657
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Madison Maskalunas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Evanston, IL 60201
Hi there, I'm Madison! My approach to mental health emphasizes the importance of my patients feeling heard, understood and supported. My job is to guide you along this journey, unconditionally, so that you can harness your inner strength to overcome challenges and embrace a life of well-being and purpose! My goal of every patient interaction is that you leave feeling heard and hopeful for the future as we work together to accomplish your mental health goals. Accepting new patients! Also in the process of expanding insurance plans accepted TBA
Hi there, I'm Madison! My approach to mental health emphasizes the importance of my patients feeling heard, understood and supported. My job is to guide you along this journey, unconditionally, so that you can harness your inner strength to overcome challenges and embrace a life of well-being and purpose! My goal of every patient interaction is that you leave feeling heard and hopeful for the future as we work together to accomplish your mental health goals. Accepting new patients! Also in the process of expanding insurance plans accepted TBA
(847) 613-1911 View (847) 613-1911
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Ashok Nagella
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Dr. Ashok Nagella is an ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist that specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry but does see clients up to age of 64. He has been in practice for 20 years in various settings from inpatient to outpatient psychiatry, has supervised and taught psychiatry residents and medical students, and has worked with a very diverse clientele from private practice settings to community mental health. Dr. Nagella grew up and attended school in the Chicago area.
Dr. Ashok Nagella is an ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist that specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry but does see clients up to age of 64. He has been in practice for 20 years in various settings from inpatient to outpatient psychiatry, has supervised and taught psychiatry residents and medical students, and has worked with a very diverse clientele from private practice settings to community mental health. Dr. Nagella grew up and attended school in the Chicago area.
(847) 892-1434 View (847) 892-1434
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David V. Alvarez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Dr. David V. Alvarez is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2009. Dr. Alvarez has experience working with numerous populations across various levels of psychiatric care and settings (e. g. , inpatient, outpatient, PHP, home health, telehealth). He has experience and knowledge from working with a broad range of patients. Dr. Alvarez loves the work and believes it is a gift to be able to work with the patients that he does. He works with compassion, empathy, and humor.
Dr. David V. Alvarez is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2009. Dr. Alvarez has experience working with numerous populations across various levels of psychiatric care and settings (e. g. , inpatient, outpatient, PHP, home health, telehealth). He has experience and knowledge from working with a broad range of patients. Dr. Alvarez loves the work and believes it is a gift to be able to work with the patients that he does. He works with compassion, empathy, and humor.
(847) 813-7397 View (847) 813-7397
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Melissa Frick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Evanston, IL 60201
Dr. Melissa Frick is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience delivering evidence-based care using brief supportive psychotherapy and medication management.
Dr. Melissa Frick is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience delivering evidence-based care using brief supportive psychotherapy and medication management.
(224) 412-5853 View (224) 412-5853
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Heather Parkerson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN/BSN, MSN/FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Hello, my name is Heather Parkerson,and I'm board-certified as a Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and learning disorders. These include depression, anxiety, ADD, autism, school problems, impulsivity, and aggression. I also enjoy working with adults that have a variety of emotional difficulties. I believe that each person is much more than their diagnosis and with a combination of medication and therapy, we can work together to achieve a better quality of life. The most rewarding part of my job is helping individuals through difficult times in their lives.
Hello, my name is Heather Parkerson,and I'm board-certified as a Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and learning disorders. These include depression, anxiety, ADD, autism, school problems, impulsivity, and aggression. I also enjoy working with adults that have a variety of emotional difficulties. I believe that each person is much more than their diagnosis and with a combination of medication and therapy, we can work together to achieve a better quality of life. The most rewarding part of my job is helping individuals through difficult times in their lives.
(312) 854-8964 View (312) 854-8964
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Steffanie Meeks (Addiction Treatment)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug or alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug or alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(773) 796-4435 View (773) 796-4435
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60202
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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Dr. Utpal Dhruve
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Evanston, IL 60201
PeaklifeMD.com is a boutique clinic focused on life optimization. Our members feel they are not performing to their true potential at work, school, or home. Together, we will work to identify your concerns, goals, and strengths in order to make substantial progress towards achieving a better you.
PeaklifeMD.com is a boutique clinic focused on life optimization. Our members feel they are not performing to their true potential at work, school, or home. Together, we will work to identify your concerns, goals, and strengths in order to make substantial progress towards achieving a better you.
(847) 984-0170 View (847) 984-0170
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Suzanne Rosenfeld
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60202
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
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Dawna L Gutzmann
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
As a Northwestern University-trained psychiatrist having extensive training in holistic therapies, I offer an integrative approach to treatment. After a comprehensive assessment, an individualized treatment plan is formulated to resolve a wide variety of mental health challenges.
As a Northwestern University-trained psychiatrist having extensive training in holistic therapies, I offer an integrative approach to treatment. After a comprehensive assessment, an individualized treatment plan is formulated to resolve a wide variety of mental health challenges.
(224) 337-4541 View (224) 337-4541
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Jeffrey David Roth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
As a group psychotherapist and addiction psychiatrist, I am available to work with you on any phase of recovery from addictions, compulsive behaviors and the effects of being in a relationship with an addict (whether parent, sibling, partner or child). I understand addiction as a broad disease, including substances (alcohol, nicotine, opiates, stimulants, sedatives and other drugs), food, sex, money, work and codependence. I often work in collaboration with individual therapists and mutual support groups to enhance the effectiveness of each intervention.
As a group psychotherapist and addiction psychiatrist, I am available to work with you on any phase of recovery from addictions, compulsive behaviors and the effects of being in a relationship with an addict (whether parent, sibling, partner or child). I understand addiction as a broad disease, including substances (alcohol, nicotine, opiates, stimulants, sedatives and other drugs), food, sex, money, work and codependence. I often work in collaboration with individual therapists and mutual support groups to enhance the effectiveness of each intervention.
(312) 516-2341 View (312) 516-2341
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Brad Pechter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Bradley Pechter, MD is a psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He has attended school at Stanford University, Northwestern Medical School, and the Universities of Illinois and Colorado. He has been board-certified in adult, child & adolescent and addiction psychiatry over the course of his career. Dr. Pechter has also been on the faculty at Northwestern, Rush and the University of Illinois. He has been in private practice for the past 10 years and has a special interest in Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatry.
Bradley Pechter, MD is a psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He has attended school at Stanford University, Northwestern Medical School, and the Universities of Illinois and Colorado. He has been board-certified in adult, child & adolescent and addiction psychiatry over the course of his career. Dr. Pechter has also been on the faculty at Northwestern, Rush and the University of Illinois. He has been in private practice for the past 10 years and has a special interest in Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatry.
(312) 625-5179 View (312) 625-5179
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Jill M Powers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Evanston, IL 60203
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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Alexia Copenhaver
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Evanston, IL 60203
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
(847) 534-8862 View (847) 534-8862

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Evanston, IL

30+

Average cost per session

$210

Psychiatrists in Evanston, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Trauma and PTSD
82% Medication Management
76% ADHD
73% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% Aetna
60% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Evanston, IL see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Evanston?

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.