Psychiatrists in Hinsdale, IL

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Spectrum Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
Johnny Williamson, MD is board certified in General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has a breadth of experience treating children and adults of all ages. He provides psychotherapy and psychotropic medication management to treat attention deficit disorders, autism, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, school phobia, and specializes in the treatment of PTSD and eating disorders. He believes in a holistic approach that combines appropriate therapeutic modalities treating individuals, families, and groups; and, where indicated, effective medication strategies.
Johnny Williamson, MD is board certified in General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has a breadth of experience treating children and adults of all ages. He provides psychotherapy and psychotropic medication management to treat attention deficit disorders, autism, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, school phobia, and specializes in the treatment of PTSD and eating disorders. He believes in a holistic approach that combines appropriate therapeutic modalities treating individuals, families, and groups; and, where indicated, effective medication strategies.
(630) 686-7062 View (630) 686-7062
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Semone West
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Semone West, MD is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed a psychiatry residency at Duke University in Durham, NC; and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, while also serving as an associate professor.
Semone West, MD is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed a psychiatry residency at Duke University in Durham, NC; and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, while also serving as an associate professor.
(331) 245-3846 View (331) 245-3846
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OnlyMed Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
OnlyMed Clinic is a compassionate Clinic in Oak Brook serving Mental Health Patients. We offer safe in your home medication management in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety. We do telemedicine mostly but starting 5/1/23 we will be opening on Mondays in Hinsdale, IL!
OnlyMed Clinic is a compassionate Clinic in Oak Brook serving Mental Health Patients. We offer safe in your home medication management in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety. We do telemedicine mostly but starting 5/1/23 we will be opening on Mondays in Hinsdale, IL!
(331) 225-1662 View (331) 225-1662
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Nashwa Hasabou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. Nashwa Hasabou is interested in her patient’s day to day experience, backgrounds, their families, communities and cultures, which enhances her ability to be empathic and effective physician. Her clinical focus is in Women’s mental health and psychopharmacology. Dr. Hasabou received her medical degree from University of Szeged in Hungary. She did her training in Psychiatry at Albany Medical Medical College, Albany, NY, which has an excellent residency program devoted to training psychiatrists in psychotherapy treatment modalities that can be an effective tool used independently or combined with psychopharmacological treatment.
Dr. Nashwa Hasabou is interested in her patient’s day to day experience, backgrounds, their families, communities and cultures, which enhances her ability to be empathic and effective physician. Her clinical focus is in Women’s mental health and psychopharmacology. Dr. Hasabou received her medical degree from University of Szeged in Hungary. She did her training in Psychiatry at Albany Medical Medical College, Albany, NY, which has an excellent residency program devoted to training psychiatrists in psychotherapy treatment modalities that can be an effective tool used independently or combined with psychopharmacological treatment.
(630) 686-7680 View (630) 686-7680
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Dr. Sherin Vachaparambil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
I have experience in various settings including private, community, state and VA hospitals/clinics. My main areas of interest are mood disorders and PTSD. My approach to treatment is to focus on whole health with emphasis on both pharmaceutical and integrative therapies. Currently I only see patients via telehealth and do not prescribe controlled substances. I believe that by working together we an help you achieve your goals! To request an appointment, please visit our website at: www.mindwell.health
I have experience in various settings including private, community, state and VA hospitals/clinics. My main areas of interest are mood disorders and PTSD. My approach to treatment is to focus on whole health with emphasis on both pharmaceutical and integrative therapies. Currently I only see patients via telehealth and do not prescribe controlled substances. I believe that by working together we an help you achieve your goals! To request an appointment, please visit our website at: www.mindwell.health
(630) 914-6151 View (630) 914-6151
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Susan Gierczyk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
I am a double board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services since 2021 in outpatient and in-home settings. I see individuals ages 18 and up. My therapeutic stance is there is no one size fits all. My focus is to provide a realistic approach while still maintaining safety and integrity. I believe to meet people where they are and work to empower them. Working together on individualized plans helps to ensure the best outcome.
I am a double board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services since 2021 in outpatient and in-home settings. I see individuals ages 18 and up. My therapeutic stance is there is no one size fits all. My focus is to provide a realistic approach while still maintaining safety and integrity. I believe to meet people where they are and work to empower them. Working together on individualized plans helps to ensure the best outcome.
(708) 742-8499 x104 View (708) 742-8499 x104
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Chudney Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Chudney is Board Certified and can effectively diagnose, treat, and prescribe to children through geriatrics for a full spectrum of psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, attention deficit problems, impulse-control disorders, and more.
Chudney is Board Certified and can effectively diagnose, treat, and prescribe to children through geriatrics for a full spectrum of psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, attention deficit problems, impulse-control disorders, and more.
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Denise Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. Denise Garcia is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Resurrection University and her Doctorate Degree in Nursing from Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Garcia is certified in psychiatry across the lifespan and is trained to work with different populations. She can provide services like psychiatric evaluations, assessments, and order laboratory tests/imagining.
Dr. Denise Garcia is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Resurrection University and her Doctorate Degree in Nursing from Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Garcia is certified in psychiatry across the lifespan and is trained to work with different populations. She can provide services like psychiatric evaluations, assessments, and order laboratory tests/imagining.
(630) 552-6992 View (630) 552-6992
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Shivkumar Pandian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
At ADROITA, we provide comprehensive health assessment for behavioral health illnesses, alcohol dependence and tobacco dependence. Our mental health assessments and treatment plan are coordinated by Dr Pandian and therapist. Together, we’ll build a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.
At ADROITA, we provide comprehensive health assessment for behavioral health illnesses, alcohol dependence and tobacco dependence. Our mental health assessments and treatment plan are coordinated by Dr Pandian and therapist. Together, we’ll build a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.
(630) 560-6015 View (630) 560-6015
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Dr. Nitika Pant
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521
The ideal client for me is someone who is motivated to address their mental health challenges and is seeking guidance and support to improve their well-being. They may be a teenager or young adult who has been struggling to manage the symptoms of anxiety and ADHD, impacting their daily life, relationships, and overall sense of fulfillment. Their issues may include feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, experiencing difficulty concentrating and staying organized due to ADHD, and navigating the stressors of school, work, or social life. They may have tried various coping strategies on their own but have not seen significant improvement.
The ideal client for me is someone who is motivated to address their mental health challenges and is seeking guidance and support to improve their well-being. They may be a teenager or young adult who has been struggling to manage the symptoms of anxiety and ADHD, impacting their daily life, relationships, and overall sense of fulfillment. Their issues may include feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, experiencing difficulty concentrating and staying organized due to ADHD, and navigating the stressors of school, work, or social life. They may have tried various coping strategies on their own but have not seen significant improvement.
(630) 948-8375 View (630) 948-8375
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Marisa Serrato
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
Dr. Marisa Serrato is committed to educating and empowering each person with the knowledge and tools they need to optimize their mental wellness and maximize their quality of life. Dr. Serrato strongly values working as a team with her patients, and believes that effective work together calls for ongoing communication as well as an understanding of each person’s unique perspective, biology, and experience. She has an expertise in College Mental Health and has focused her practice to the treatment of the emerging adult population.
Dr. Marisa Serrato is committed to educating and empowering each person with the knowledge and tools they need to optimize their mental wellness and maximize their quality of life. Dr. Serrato strongly values working as a team with her patients, and believes that effective work together calls for ongoing communication as well as an understanding of each person’s unique perspective, biology, and experience. She has an expertise in College Mental Health and has focused her practice to the treatment of the emerging adult population.
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Gina Mathew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. I can help a client by providing optimal care through medication management and therapeutic skills. I am compassionate and firmly believe in implementing a holistic approach when treating individuals with mental health concerns. I believe in providing culturally sensitive care and treating clients with respect and dignity. Prior to joining LifeStance, I worked in an inpatient setting primarily with children and adolescents with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. I can help a client by providing optimal care through medication management and therapeutic skills. I am compassionate and firmly believe in implementing a holistic approach when treating individuals with mental health concerns. I believe in providing culturally sensitive care and treating clients with respect and dignity. Prior to joining LifeStance, I worked in an inpatient setting primarily with children and adolescents with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
(630) 526-6560 View (630) 526-6560
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Sanjeev Dwivedi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. Sanjeev Dwivedi, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, believes you don't have to navigate mental health challenges on your own, and he is here to provide care to children, adolescents, and adults with issues such as OCD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Dr. Dwivedi completed his fellowship at the Institute for Juvenile Research and his residency at Chicago Medical School. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, Dr. Dwivedi served as a child psychiatrist for DuPage County and did research at Hines VA Hospital.
Dr. Sanjeev Dwivedi, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, believes you don't have to navigate mental health challenges on your own, and he is here to provide care to children, adolescents, and adults with issues such as OCD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Dr. Dwivedi completed his fellowship at the Institute for Juvenile Research and his residency at Chicago Medical School. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, Dr. Dwivedi served as a child psychiatrist for DuPage County and did research at Hines VA Hospital.
(630) 912-0951 View (630) 912-0951
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Nayyar Afroz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Nayyar Afroz, MD, is a board-certified child, adolescent and general psychiatrist who graduated from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. She moved to the US and finished her residency at the University of Illinois Chicago campus followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She has been practicing for over 17 years in private, community, and public sector roles. She utilizes insight oriented, interpersonal mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral approaches. She has a passion for working with young adults and adults with mood, anxiety, and trauma.
Nayyar Afroz, MD, is a board-certified child, adolescent and general psychiatrist who graduated from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. She moved to the US and finished her residency at the University of Illinois Chicago campus followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She has been practicing for over 17 years in private, community, and public sector roles. She utilizes insight oriented, interpersonal mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral approaches. She has a passion for working with young adults and adults with mood, anxiety, and trauma.
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Dima Arbach
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. Arbach worked for years with war victims and developed a longstanding experience in treating trauma and adversity related issues. Dr. Arbach focuses on a wellness and whole person approach to mental health. She is active locally and nationally in physician wellness activities by leading support groups and seminars on the topic of professionals' wellness. ​Dr. Arbach believes in integrating nutritional and lifestyle assessments with biological, psychological, and social factors in the healing process.
Dr. Arbach worked for years with war victims and developed a longstanding experience in treating trauma and adversity related issues. Dr. Arbach focuses on a wellness and whole person approach to mental health. She is active locally and nationally in physician wellness activities by leading support groups and seminars on the topic of professionals' wellness. ​Dr. Arbach believes in integrating nutritional and lifestyle assessments with biological, psychological, and social factors in the healing process.
(630) 349-5035 View (630) 349-5035
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Milica Ciglanic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Hello, I am Milica, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong commitment to improving the mental well-being of adolescents and adults. With a specialization in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD. I have had the privilege of working with diverse patient populations, providing comprehensive psychiatric care that is rooted in evidence-based treatments and a patient-centered approach. My experience has equipped me with the skills to assess, diagnose, and develop personalized treatment plans that address the unique needs of each individual.
Hello, I am Milica, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong commitment to improving the mental well-being of adolescents and adults. With a specialization in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD. I have had the privilege of working with diverse patient populations, providing comprehensive psychiatric care that is rooted in evidence-based treatments and a patient-centered approach. My experience has equipped me with the skills to assess, diagnose, and develop personalized treatment plans that address the unique needs of each individual.
(630) 491-9658 View (630) 491-9658
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Kirsten Book, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Licensed in AZ, WA, and IL. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My treatment philosophy includes a combination of evidence-based psychopharmacologic management, psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and other cognitive modalities to aid in recovery. I am confident that combining medication with other treatments is more effective than medication alone. I also believe a multidisciplinary treatment team approach with therapists and other professionals is optimal for the patient's recovery.
Licensed in AZ, WA, and IL. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My treatment philosophy includes a combination of evidence-based psychopharmacologic management, psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and other cognitive modalities to aid in recovery. I am confident that combining medication with other treatments is more effective than medication alone. I also believe a multidisciplinary treatment team approach with therapists and other professionals is optimal for the patient's recovery.
(312) 525-8463 View (312) 525-8463
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Doris Nwoko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Have you ever wondered if you are being heard or searched for a care provider who can relate to your challenges? Are you in need of medication management - initiation, adjustments, and maintenance? I have several years of psychiatric and mental health experience working with individuals aged 5 to 65 and older adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings with various mental health issues. My treatment approach embodies the individual's developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
Have you ever wondered if you are being heard or searched for a care provider who can relate to your challenges? Are you in need of medication management - initiation, adjustments, and maintenance? I have several years of psychiatric and mental health experience working with individuals aged 5 to 65 and older adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings with various mental health issues. My treatment approach embodies the individual's developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
(779) 223-5624 View (779) 223-5624
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Debora Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Waitlist for new clients
Debora Ellis is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who treats a broad range of mental illnesses in patients of all ages. Dr. Ellis completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree at Rush University in Chicago. Her areas of interest include personality disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, and addictions. Dr. Ellis’ philosophy of patient care is based on establishing a collaborative, therapeutic relationship with the patient that is founded on effective communication and honesty.
Debora Ellis is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who treats a broad range of mental illnesses in patients of all ages. Dr. Ellis completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree at Rush University in Chicago. Her areas of interest include personality disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, and addictions. Dr. Ellis’ philosophy of patient care is based on establishing a collaborative, therapeutic relationship with the patient that is founded on effective communication and honesty.
(630) 270-7717 View (630) 270-7717
Mindwell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Request an appointment today at www.mindwell.health
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hinsdale, IL

30+

Average cost per session

$270

Psychiatrists in Hinsdale, IL who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
91% Anxiety
72% Bipolar Disorder
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Trauma and PTSD
66% Medication Management
63% ADHD

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Hinsdale, IL see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
32% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hinsdale?

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.