Psychiatrists in Homewood, IL

Photo of Theresa Olusola - Psygenic Health , PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psygenic Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Homewood, IL 60430  (Online Only)
My objective as a provider is to assist you in finding the answers that will enable you to recover as quickly as possible. My approach centers around my manner of listening and be belief in assisting with genuine care. I cherish the opportunity to deliver the best care possible to all my clients.
My objective as a provider is to assist you in finding the answers that will enable you to recover as quickly as possible. My approach centers around my manner of listening and be belief in assisting with genuine care. I cherish the opportunity to deliver the best care possible to all my clients.
(708) 401-6421 View (708) 401-6421
Photo of Joseph Olusola, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joseph Olusola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Homewood, IL 60430
Do you need help fitting everything in? Do you feel as if you are pulled in a million directions? Do you struggle to balance work, relationships, and health? Are you having difficulty being kind to yourself? Through anxiety management, I help high performers avoid burnout. Together, we can figure out what's not working and find a way to get you back on track. I will use a whole self approach to address your mental, physical, and spiritual needs.
Do you need help fitting everything in? Do you feel as if you are pulled in a million directions? Do you struggle to balance work, relationships, and health? Are you having difficulty being kind to yourself? Through anxiety management, I help high performers avoid burnout. Together, we can figure out what's not working and find a way to get you back on track. I will use a whole self approach to address your mental, physical, and spiritual needs.
(708) 726-8457 View (708) 726-8457
Photo of Olubunmi Vicki Isijola, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olubunmi Vicki Isijola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Homewood, IL 60430
Accepting New Patients! Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia or other mental health problem, Ms. Vicki is dedicated to supporting you in achieving all your wellness goals. Ms. Vicki provides comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work with patients in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! Ms. Vicki provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being.
Accepting New Patients! Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia or other mental health problem, Ms. Vicki is dedicated to supporting you in achieving all your wellness goals. Ms. Vicki provides comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work with patients in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! Ms. Vicki provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being.
(708) 729-6332 View (708) 729-6332
Photo of Dana Eason - Becoming Behavioral Health & Wellness PLLC, APRN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Becoming Behavioral Health & Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Homewood, IL 60430
NOW accepting NEW Patients. Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well...search no more! Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dana tailors each partners treatment plan according to their specific needs & stressors. She utilizes several different types of intervention including psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & naturopathy to help partners achieve an optimal quality of life.
NOW accepting NEW Patients. Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well...search no more! Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dana tailors each partners treatment plan according to their specific needs & stressors. She utilizes several different types of intervention including psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & naturopathy to help partners achieve an optimal quality of life.
(708) 942-8393 View (708) 942-8393

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Photo of Stacey Davis, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stacey Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calumet Park, IL 60827  (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
Photo of Robert Wirick, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robert Wirick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tinley Park, IL 60477
I strive to foster a collaborative relationship with each of my clients. I sincerely believe that a strong relationship between provider and patient begins with an understanding of how each client sees themselves - and their goals that they would like to personally achieve.
I strive to foster a collaborative relationship with each of my clients. I sincerely believe that a strong relationship between provider and patient begins with an understanding of how each client sees themselves - and their goals that they would like to personally achieve.
(708) 726-8782 View (708) 726-8782
Photo of Dr. Kenisha D. Davis, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Kenisha D. Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South Holland, IL 60473
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
(708) 726-0880 View (708) 726-0880
Photo of Sarah Tisser, PMHNP , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Tisser
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60655
Sarah Tisser was born and raised in France and lived in Israel for 10 years. She is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children and adults. She has experience treating all psychiatric disorders, including perinatal mental health: She is PSI certified. Sarah also treats patients with sexual dysfunction due to anxiety and depression, and would adjust medications to avoid sexual side effects. She sees clients aged 6 years and up.
Sarah Tisser was born and raised in France and lived in Israel for 10 years. She is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children and adults. She has experience treating all psychiatric disorders, including perinatal mental health: She is PSI certified. Sarah also treats patients with sexual dysfunction due to anxiety and depression, and would adjust medications to avoid sexual side effects. She sees clients aged 6 years and up.
(708) 719-6273 View (708) 719-6273
Photo of Kim Anderson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kim Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frankfort, IL 60423  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Kim! I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I have over a decade of healthcare experience. I believe in providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values.
Hi, I’m Kim! I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I have over a decade of healthcare experience. I believe in providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values.
(708) 740-2226 View (708) 740-2226
Photo of Sameka Dowell Mills, FPA, APN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sameka Dowell Mills
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPA, APN
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Sameka Dowell Mills and I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, licensed in multiple states, who has worked in the field of Psychiatry-Mental Health since 2017. Mental Health, counseling and advocating for patients are a few of my passions and I would enjoy collaborating with each and everyone of you daily.
Welcome! My name is Sameka Dowell Mills and I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, licensed in multiple states, who has worked in the field of Psychiatry-Mental Health since 2017. Mental Health, counseling and advocating for patients are a few of my passions and I would enjoy collaborating with each and everyone of you daily.
(708) 742-8892 View (708) 742-8892
Photo of Chime Ajiere - Zoelife Psychiatric Services, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zoelife Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Hi! I am Queen **** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
Hi! I am Queen **** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
(779) 237-7950 View (779) 237-7950
Photo of Chime Ajiere, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Palos Heights, IL 60463  (Online Only)
**** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
**** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
(708) 942-8741 View (708) 942-8741
Photo of Gundu Anupama Reddy - Chicago Telepsychiatry, MD, MBBS, Psychiatrist
Chicago Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago Heights, IL 60411  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a 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 a 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.
(312) 800-1346 View (312) 800-1346
Photo of Lexxie Gramke, PhD, PMHNPBC, AGPCNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Lexxie Gramke
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, PMHNPBC, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Tinley Park, IL 60477
My goal is to help all of my patients live their fullest and most fulfilling lives. As a nurse practitioner certified in both psychiatry-mental health and primary care, I use a holistic approach to care, as mental health and physical health are often interconnected.
My goal is to help all of my patients live their fullest and most fulfilling lives. As a nurse practitioner certified in both psychiatry-mental health and primary care, I use a holistic approach to care, as mental health and physical health are often interconnected.
(331) 320-3971 View (331) 320-3971
Heart of Rose Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
I am a knowledgeable, and enthusiastic board-certified Psychiatry/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with several years of working inpatient and outpatient psychiatry experience working with children, adults, and old people suffering from various mental health conditions. My focus areas for mental health treatment include, prescribing medications, psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, mood disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues. My goal is to administer quality patient care to promote healing and health.
I am a knowledgeable, and enthusiastic board-certified Psychiatry/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with several years of working inpatient and outpatient psychiatry experience working with children, adults, and old people suffering from various mental health conditions. My focus areas for mental health treatment include, prescribing medications, psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, mood disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues. My goal is to administer quality patient care to promote healing and health.
(708) 274-4511 View (708) 274-4511
Photo of Cheriece McNeely - The Ward Practice, MD, Psychiatrist
The Ward Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flossmoor, IL 60422  (Online Only)
Dr. Cheriece McNeely is a psychiatrist with dual-board certification in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, specializing in providing expert psychiatric care throughout the lifespan. Dr. McNeely specializes in medication management for patients that are interested in exploring how medication could be integrated into their current mental health treatment. She utilizes an holistic, individualized approach in partnership with her patients to develop a treatment plan which aligns with their goals.
Dr. Cheriece McNeely is a psychiatrist with dual-board certification in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, specializing in providing expert psychiatric care throughout the lifespan. Dr. McNeely specializes in medication management for patients that are interested in exploring how medication could be integrated into their current mental health treatment. She utilizes an holistic, individualized approach in partnership with her patients to develop a treatment plan which aligns with their goals.
(630) 458-3776 View (630) 458-3776
Ngozi Ubaghara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
Matteson, IL 60443
We are committed to providing whole-person care to our patients, addressing medical, nutritional, hormonal, and environmental causes of symptoms. We will meet individuals where they are and empower them to reach their full potential.
We are committed to providing whole-person care to our patients, addressing medical, nutritional, hormonal, and environmental causes of symptoms. We will meet individuals where they are and empower them to reach their full potential.
(708) 726-4744 View (708) 726-4744
Photo of Tomeka Hill - Integrative Medical and Mental Wellness, APRN, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Integrative Medical and Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
My focus areas for mental health treatment include psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues such as trauma focused care. Motivational interviewing, strength-based care, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral strategies. My goal is to provide improvement in your overall health.
My focus areas for mental health treatment include psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues such as trauma focused care. Motivational interviewing, strength-based care, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral strategies. My goal is to provide improvement in your overall health.
(708) 894-1898 View (708) 894-1898
Photo of Jr Lasley, MSN, PHMNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jr Lasley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PHMNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Hello all, my name is J.R. Lasley, I am licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, specializing in teletherapy services. If you're experiencing feelings of sadness, anxiety, or restlessness, know that you're not alone. I'm here to provide a supportive and convenient space for you to address these challenges from the comfort of your home. Also, if you would like an in-person meeting, we can schedule that as well. I am also Licensed in UT.
Hello all, my name is J.R. Lasley, I am licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, specializing in teletherapy services. If you're experiencing feelings of sadness, anxiety, or restlessness, know that you're not alone. I'm here to provide a supportive and convenient space for you to address these challenges from the comfort of your home. Also, if you would like an in-person meeting, we can schedule that as well. I am also Licensed in UT.
(708) 729-5170 View (708) 729-5170
Photo of Mandy Pollard, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mandy Pollard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60655
Mandy (she/her pronouns) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with patient interests across the lifespan. Mandy completed her nursing degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore- most recently, she graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Mandy is passionate about first responder mental health efforts and women's mental health care, and loves working with children & teens. If she sounds like a provider for you, Mandy is accepting new patients this summer & will work with your schedule because you mental health matters! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or for a free 15-minute consult!
Mandy (she/her pronouns) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with patient interests across the lifespan. Mandy completed her nursing degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore- most recently, she graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Mandy is passionate about first responder mental health efforts and women's mental health care, and loves working with children & teens. If she sounds like a provider for you, Mandy is accepting new patients this summer & will work with your schedule because you mental health matters! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or for a free 15-minute consult!
(708) 578-2870 View (708) 578-2870

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Homewood, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Homewood, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Psychosis

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Homewood, IL see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Homewood?

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.