Psychiatrists in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Photo of Elizabeth Kelly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Elizabeth Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ANP-BC
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
During my time working in primary care I have observed significant deficits in access to quality mental health care for both the geriatric and adult populations including patients with dementia, major depressive disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance use disorder. I’ve become focused on helping fill in those gaps in care. So often medications are quickly prescribed to manage complex issues that need an interdisciplinary and holistic approach. I obtained my buprenorphine waiver to help contribute to a solution of the opiate crisis which I have seen devastate the lives of people of all ages.
During my time working in primary care I have observed significant deficits in access to quality mental health care for both the geriatric and adult populations including patients with dementia, major depressive disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance use disorder. I’ve become focused on helping fill in those gaps in care. So often medications are quickly prescribed to manage complex issues that need an interdisciplinary and holistic approach. I obtained my buprenorphine waiver to help contribute to a solution of the opiate crisis which I have seen devastate the lives of people of all ages.
(708) 726-5041 View (708) 726-5041
Photo of Elizabeth Wengel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Elizabeth Wengel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
My name is Elizabeth Wengel and I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My goal is to put patients at ease by creating a supportive environment to address their concerns. I offer medication management and supportive therapy to improve self esteem and alleviate symptoms.
My name is Elizabeth Wengel and I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My goal is to put patients at ease by creating a supportive environment to address their concerns. I offer medication management and supportive therapy to improve self esteem and alleviate symptoms.
(708) 765-6803 View (708) 765-6803
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Dominique Holmes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I understand the importance of treating the whole person. Sometimes life can feel so complex that we forget laughter can be the best medicine. What makes you laugh? For me it’s a good stand up comedy show with one of my favorite comedians. What makes you happy? For me it’s a clear schedule and my comfy couch. What motivates you? For me it’s touching lives one by one even it’s it’s via tele-visit.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I understand the importance of treating the whole person. Sometimes life can feel so complex that we forget laughter can be the best medicine. What makes you laugh? For me it’s a good stand up comedy show with one of my favorite comedians. What makes you happy? For me it’s a clear schedule and my comfy couch. What motivates you? For me it’s touching lives one by one even it’s it’s via tele-visit.
(708) 607-9551 View (708) 607-9551
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Abdullah Bin Mahfodh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Dr. Abdullah Bin Mahfodh is a dedicated psychiatrist with dual board certification in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. His comprehensive expertise spans individuals of all ages, making him a trusted resource for those seeking holistic mental health care.
Dr. Abdullah Bin Mahfodh is a dedicated psychiatrist with dual board certification in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. His comprehensive expertise spans individuals of all ages, making him a trusted resource for those seeking holistic mental health care.
(708) 350-6820 View (708) 350-6820
Photo of Tahseen Mohammed, Psychiatrist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Tahseen Mohammed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Dr. Tahseen Mohammed is a General and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with over eighteen years of experience, and a diplomate in both disciplines through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Mohammed completed a residency in General Psychiatry at University of Chicago and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago. His experiences include serving as Medical Director of the Pediatric Bipolar disorder program at UIC, Medical Director of inpatient and outpatient services at Northwest Community hospital .
Dr. Tahseen Mohammed is a General and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with over eighteen years of experience, and a diplomate in both disciplines through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Mohammed completed a residency in General Psychiatry at University of Chicago and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago. His experiences include serving as Medical Director of the Pediatric Bipolar disorder program at UIC, Medical Director of inpatient and outpatient services at Northwest Community hospital .
(224) 232-5101 View (224) 232-5101
Photo of Joanna Cunningham, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Joanna Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
*I strive to provide compassionate, understanding and patient driven care, with each patient I see. Our goals are to help them reach their optimum mental health. We use the latest, most effective assessment and clinical tools to provide excellent, sound judgement in treatment protocols. I go to great lengths to listen and learn how to help each, specific patient along their journey. No one will be treated like a number.
*I strive to provide compassionate, understanding and patient driven care, with each patient I see. Our goals are to help them reach their optimum mental health. We use the latest, most effective assessment and clinical tools to provide excellent, sound judgement in treatment protocols. I go to great lengths to listen and learn how to help each, specific patient along their journey. No one will be treated like a number.
(847) 545-0862 View (847) 545-0862
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Khyati V Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Khyati Patel is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has experienced working with adults and adolescents. She has exceptional clinical skills in treating both pediatric and adult population. She is specializing in Adhd, Anxiety, Depression, and Ptsd. Khyati, approaches her patient Holistic rather than focusing on their diagnosis. She believes it is important to understand the patient holistically to receive benefits from the treatment. Listening to patients’ concerns is one of her empower skills that she carries with her.
Khyati Patel is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has experienced working with adults and adolescents. She has exceptional clinical skills in treating both pediatric and adult population. She is specializing in Adhd, Anxiety, Depression, and Ptsd. Khyati, approaches her patient Holistic rather than focusing on their diagnosis. She believes it is important to understand the patient holistically to receive benefits from the treatment. Listening to patients’ concerns is one of her empower skills that she carries with her.
(847) 595-5190 View (847) 595-5190
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Marisa Serrato
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181  (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.
(708) 726-8735 View (708) 726-8735
Photo of Mazhar Golewale, Psychiatrist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Mazhar Golewale
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(708) 381-2931 View (708) 381-2931

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Photo of Imuentiyan Oyesiku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Imuentiyan Oyesiku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Hi there! Welcome to my professional profile! I am Faith Oyesiku, a highly skilled Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing. With three years of dedicated practice, I bring a wealth of experience across diverse healthcare settings. Are you looking for a provider who is Kind? Empathetic? Compassionate? then look no further!
Hi there! Welcome to my professional profile! I am Faith Oyesiku, a highly skilled Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing. With three years of dedicated practice, I bring a wealth of experience across diverse healthcare settings. Are you looking for a provider who is Kind? Empathetic? Compassionate? then look no further!
(630) 389-6206 View (630) 389-6206
Photo of Evan O Foster Deranja, Psychiatrist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Evan O Foster Deranja
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Oak Brook, IL 60523
My ideal patient is one who is willing and motivated to work together with me, as a team, to help figure out what is contributing to their struggles and how to work through it. It's frequently an iterative process whereby we make progress together over time. Sometimes it seems relatively simple, but frequently it's not. The keys are to keep going, to keep working at it, to never give up, to not shy away from complexity, and to be willing to begin anywhere. The wisdom of knowing when to keep working at solving a problem vs when to work towards acceptance is only achieved through our authentic best efforts over time.
My ideal patient is one who is willing and motivated to work together with me, as a team, to help figure out what is contributing to their struggles and how to work through it. It's frequently an iterative process whereby we make progress together over time. Sometimes it seems relatively simple, but frequently it's not. The keys are to keep going, to keep working at it, to never give up, to not shy away from complexity, and to be willing to begin anywhere. The wisdom of knowing when to keep working at solving a problem vs when to work towards acceptance is only achieved through our authentic best efforts over time.
(708) 787-8470 View (708) 787-8470
Photo of Joseph Z Rahman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Joseph Z Rahman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lombard, IL 60148
I am an advanced practice nurse practitioner with board certification in psychiatric-mental health. At Meier Clinics, I specialize in the psychiatric evaluation and medication management of patients across the lifespan. I strive to work collaboratively with professionals across disciplines to ensure that my patients are receiving comprehensive care. My goal is to educate and empower patients to be active participants in their treatment planning. I provide individualized care that addresses each person uniquely in light of their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
I am an advanced practice nurse practitioner with board certification in psychiatric-mental health. At Meier Clinics, I specialize in the psychiatric evaluation and medication management of patients across the lifespan. I strive to work collaboratively with professionals across disciplines to ensure that my patients are receiving comprehensive care. My goal is to educate and empower patients to be active participants in their treatment planning. I provide individualized care that addresses each person uniquely in light of their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
(630) 653-1717 View (630) 653-1717
Photo of Jamie Rawl, Physician Assistant in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Jamie Rawl
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Villa Park, IL 60181
I am a state-licensed and nationally board-certified physician associate who forms strong therapeutic alliances with patients in order to provide high-quality, culturally competent care.  I offer psychiatric evaluations and medication support using innovative modalities designed to diagnose and treat a variety of challenges. In addition to medication management, I specialize in the administration of psychedelic therapy (Spravato) for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. I also offer evaluations for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for those struggling with depression, OCD, anxious depression, and more.
I am a state-licensed and nationally board-certified physician associate who forms strong therapeutic alliances with patients in order to provide high-quality, culturally competent care.  I offer psychiatric evaluations and medication support using innovative modalities designed to diagnose and treat a variety of challenges. In addition to medication management, I specialize in the administration of psychedelic therapy (Spravato) for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. I also offer evaluations for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for those struggling with depression, OCD, anxious depression, and more.
(847) 860-6193 View (847) 860-6193
Photo of Mariposa Psychiatric Center, Psychiatrist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Mariposa Psychiatric Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Lombard, IL 60148
At Mariposa Psychiatric Center, Elizabeth Homan, MD, MPH is a ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist, and Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has expertise in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Homan graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2010, Psychiatry Residency Training at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2013, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2015. At Mariposa Psychiatric Center obtain the expertise to help your or loved one to adapt and soar.
At Mariposa Psychiatric Center, Elizabeth Homan, MD, MPH is a ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist, and Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has expertise in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Homan graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2010, Psychiatry Residency Training at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2013, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2015. At Mariposa Psychiatric Center obtain the expertise to help your or loved one to adapt and soar.
(319) 536-1964 View (319) 536-1964
Photo of January Robinson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
January Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oak Brook, IL 60523
I am dual board certified PMHNP/FNP and began practicing general psychiatry in 2009. I have treated a broad range of psychiatric conditions in many different settings across the lifespan. I treat mood and anxiety disorders as well as PTSD, ADHD, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders using medication management where indicated as well as therapy. I have been providing ketamine-assisted therapy since 2019 for treatment-resistant depressive disorders and PTSD.
I am dual board certified PMHNP/FNP and began practicing general psychiatry in 2009. I have treated a broad range of psychiatric conditions in many different settings across the lifespan. I treat mood and anxiety disorders as well as PTSD, ADHD, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders using medication management where indicated as well as therapy. I have been providing ketamine-assisted therapy since 2019 for treatment-resistant depressive disorders and PTSD.
(630) 446-2935 View (630) 446-2935
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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oak Brook, IL 60523
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(847) 984-0608 View (847) 984-0608
Photo of Evie Life Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Evie Life Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BIC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Elmhurst, IL 60126  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with persistent sadness that interferes with your daily functioning? or Do you find yourself unable to engage in activities you once enjoyed. Is panic, worry, and fear dominating your thoughts and actions, making it challenging to navigate through life's demands? Do you feel overwhelmed by the stressors of daily life? Are you experiencing difficulties with focus and concentration? Please know you are not alone and this is a safe space for you.
Are you struggling with persistent sadness that interferes with your daily functioning? or Do you find yourself unable to engage in activities you once enjoyed. Is panic, worry, and fear dominating your thoughts and actions, making it challenging to navigate through life's demands? Do you feel overwhelmed by the stressors of daily life? Are you experiencing difficulties with focus and concentration? Please know you are not alone and this is a safe space for you.
(708) 729-9483 View (708) 729-9483
Photo of JOSEPH Spagnola, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
JOSEPH Spagnola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, NP, FPA
Verified Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Joseph Spagnola III, delivers extensive and holistic psychiatric care for those who are 16 years old and older. Joseph works carefully with each of his clients to ensure that they are meeting their unique health and wellness goals. Joseph pioneers the increasing of awareness for behavioral and mental health disorders. Joseph is a clinical preceptor supervising nurse practitioner PMHNP students at universities such as NKU, EKU, Walden University, and Herzing University.
Joseph Spagnola III, delivers extensive and holistic psychiatric care for those who are 16 years old and older. Joseph works carefully with each of his clients to ensure that they are meeting their unique health and wellness goals. Joseph pioneers the increasing of awareness for behavioral and mental health disorders. Joseph is a clinical preceptor supervising nurse practitioner PMHNP students at universities such as NKU, EKU, Walden University, and Herzing University.
(331) 219-6981 View (331) 219-6981
Photo of Jabeen Ali, Psychiatrist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Jabeen Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lombard, IL 60148
I strive to provide attentive, compassionate, and holistic Child and Adolescent Psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children, adolescents, and their families. In this ever-changing world, hallmarked by the pandemic and widespread use of technology, my special interests are to support children during difficult adjustments to life events, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. My approach is open, understanding, and collaborative with children, adolescents, and their families to identify the struggles the child is experiencing and to determine various ways we can best support them to feel better so they may live their life more fully.
I strive to provide attentive, compassionate, and holistic Child and Adolescent Psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children, adolescents, and their families. In this ever-changing world, hallmarked by the pandemic and widespread use of technology, my special interests are to support children during difficult adjustments to life events, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. My approach is open, understanding, and collaborative with children, adolescents, and their families to identify the struggles the child is experiencing and to determine various ways we can best support them to feel better so they may live their life more fully.
(331) 215-6867 View (331) 215-6867
Photo of Lateef Kelani, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Lateef Kelani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lombard, IL 60148
I provide therapeutic services to patients of diverse backgrounds with cultural sensitivity. My methods include utilizing a pharmacotherapeutic/ psychotherapeutic approach in providing beneficial mental health care. I understand that living with a psychiatric illness can be challenging, but a positive outlook on life can be achieved with the right psychiatric care approach, which involves patient teaching and collaboration. My goal is to make every patient I consult with realize that there is light at the end of the tunnel and a debilitating mental health disorder can be effectively treated.
I provide therapeutic services to patients of diverse backgrounds with cultural sensitivity. My methods include utilizing a pharmacotherapeutic/ psychotherapeutic approach in providing beneficial mental health care. I understand that living with a psychiatric illness can be challenging, but a positive outlook on life can be achieved with the right psychiatric care approach, which involves patient teaching and collaboration. My goal is to make every patient I consult with realize that there is light at the end of the tunnel and a debilitating mental health disorder can be effectively treated.
(331) 236-0220 x1 View (331) 236-0220 x1

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Oakbrook Terrace, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
56% ADHD
56% Sleep or Insomnia
56% Medication Management

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Oakbrook Terrace, IL see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Oakbrook Terrace?

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.