Psychiatrists in Sheldon, IL

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Christopher Lynn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Sheldon, IL 60966
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
(773) 918-2047 View (773) 918-2047

Online Psychiatrists

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Susan Gierczyk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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.
(630) 521-3294 View (630) 521-3294
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Kyle McKinley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
Hi, I am Kyle (he/him/his) and I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a mental health nurse for over 20 years and have worked in numerous health care settings. My approach to care is greatly informed by my nursing background and the healing power of an affirming, collaborative relationship. I aim to provide holistic, person-centered care utilizing trauma informed, anti-oppressive, and harm reduction approaches. I offer both psychotherapy and medication management. I believe medication can be a helpful tool to turn down the dial of distress so that we can better access our capacity to heal.
Hi, I am Kyle (he/him/his) and I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a mental health nurse for over 20 years and have worked in numerous health care settings. My approach to care is greatly informed by my nursing background and the healing power of an affirming, collaborative relationship. I aim to provide holistic, person-centered care utilizing trauma informed, anti-oppressive, and harm reduction approaches. I offer both psychotherapy and medication management. I believe medication can be a helpful tool to turn down the dial of distress so that we can better access our capacity to heal.
(773) 432-4362 View (773) 432-4362
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Alexander Morrill
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board certified psychiatrist with over 14 years of clinical experience. My approach to patients is holistic and collaborative. When needed, I will consult with your other healthcare providers (such as psychotherapists, general practitioners, nutritionists, or sleep specialists) to help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Hello! I am a board certified psychiatrist with over 14 years of clinical experience. My approach to patients is holistic and collaborative. When needed, I will consult with your other healthcare providers (such as psychotherapists, general practitioners, nutritionists, or sleep specialists) to help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
(224) 487-8442 View (224) 487-8442
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Erin Holden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607
Hello, I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I completed an Advanced Practice Provider Psychiatry Fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Hello, I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I completed an Advanced Practice Provider Psychiatry Fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
(872) 309-4025 View (872) 309-4025
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Gianna Capperino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Wheaton, IL 60189
Gianna Capperino is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2016, her first Masters with a concentration in FNP in 2021, and completed her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners PostMasters Certificate in 2023. Gianna aims to treat each patient as if they are a member of her own family. She obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner Certification first and considers herself holistic in how she treats patients. Gianna has been in most areas of nursing and traveled to more than 33 countries for both work and pleasure.
Gianna Capperino is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2016, her first Masters with a concentration in FNP in 2021, and completed her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners PostMasters Certificate in 2023. Gianna aims to treat each patient as if they are a member of her own family. She obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner Certification first and considers herself holistic in how she treats patients. Gianna has been in most areas of nursing and traveled to more than 33 countries for both work and pleasure.
(331) 314-9825 View (331) 314-9825
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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
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Stacey M Schulte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
I am currently accepting new patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric medication management services for clients who are 6-99 years old. I specialize in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and women's mental health issues. I understand that life changes bring anxiety, and affect sleep, your appetite, and your work and social life. I would like to work with you to find solutions to make life better.
I am currently accepting new patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric medication management services for clients who are 6-99 years old. I specialize in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and women's mental health issues. I understand that life changes bring anxiety, and affect sleep, your appetite, and your work and social life. I would like to work with you to find solutions to make life better.
(872) 233-4576 View (872) 233-4576
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Wendy You
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Wendy You (they/them/their) is a Board Eligible adult psychiatrist. Dr. You focuses on medication management in the setting of 30-minute follow-up visits in conjunction with psychoeducation and therapeutic techniques. They believe that a collaborative approach with the patient yields better outcomes and like to work with patients to assess their personal preferences and goals for treatment.
Dr. Wendy You (they/them/their) is a Board Eligible adult psychiatrist. Dr. You focuses on medication management in the setting of 30-minute follow-up visits in conjunction with psychoeducation and therapeutic techniques. They believe that a collaborative approach with the patient yields better outcomes and like to work with patients to assess their personal preferences and goals for treatment.
(708) 627-9523 View (708) 627-9523
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All's Well Practice Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MS, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607  (Online Only)
At All's Well Practice Group, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health. We tailor our care plans to fit each person’s unique needs. Our clinicians include psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed therapists who are ready to support you. All's Well offers culturally competent telehealth appointments in Arizona, Iowa, Illinois and Washington, so you get the care you need in the format that serves you best. See our website for the extensive list of services that we offer for individuals and families of all ages.
At All's Well Practice Group, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health. We tailor our care plans to fit each person’s unique needs. Our clinicians include psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed therapists who are ready to support you. All's Well offers culturally competent telehealth appointments in Arizona, Iowa, Illinois and Washington, so you get the care you need in the format that serves you best. See our website for the extensive list of services that we offer for individuals and families of all ages.
(708) 419-3436 View (708) 419-3436
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Mary LoGalbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, IL 60504
Dr. Mary LoGalbo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Master of Science in Nursing and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Rush University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Liberty University. Dr. LoGalbo values the uniqueness of each person and seeks to understand each person's perspective of themselves and the world around them. She is motivated to create an atmosphere of acceptance and trust, so clients feel safe and are better able to tell their stories.
Dr. Mary LoGalbo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Master of Science in Nursing and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Rush University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Liberty University. Dr. LoGalbo values the uniqueness of each person and seeks to understand each person's perspective of themselves and the world around them. She is motivated to create an atmosphere of acceptance and trust, so clients feel safe and are better able to tell their stories.
(630) 760-2335 View (630) 760-2335
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Bess Levin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607
I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and meeting them wherever they are on the path towards bettering their mental health, whether they are seeking treatment for the first time or looking to explore new options when other treatments have failed. I believe that each patient is unique and deserves an individualized, evidence-based and collaborative approach to their treatment plan.
I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and meeting them wherever they are on the path towards bettering their mental health, whether they are seeking treatment for the first time or looking to explore new options when other treatments have failed. I believe that each patient is unique and deserves an individualized, evidence-based and collaborative approach to their treatment plan.
(773) 897-5729 View (773) 897-5729
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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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Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423  (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
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Debora Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, IL 60505
Debora's ideal client is someone grappling with the intricate interplay between mental health and overall well-being, seeking a path to holistic healing and growth. They often present with a myriad of issues ranging from mood disorders and anxiety to trauma-related symptoms or substance use concerns. These individuals crave more than just symptom relief; they yearn for a deep understanding of themselves and their struggles. Their needs extend beyond medication management or traditional therapy—they seek a compassionate ally who can navigate the complexities of their psyche with expertise and empathy.
Debora's ideal client is someone grappling with the intricate interplay between mental health and overall well-being, seeking a path to holistic healing and growth. They often present with a myriad of issues ranging from mood disorders and anxiety to trauma-related symptoms or substance use concerns. These individuals crave more than just symptom relief; they yearn for a deep understanding of themselves and their struggles. Their needs extend beyond medication management or traditional therapy—they seek a compassionate ally who can navigate the complexities of their psyche with expertise and empathy.
(630) 793-4616 View (630) 793-4616
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Shoaib Memon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Are you feeling lost and uncertain about the way your life is going? Do you feel alone or stuck in your situation? Are you struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression? In order to effectively treat emotional problems and life challenges, it is important to find a psychiatrist in Chicago that can meet your needs. My first goal when meeting with you is to establish a genuine and collaborative connection. This will serve as the foundation for the work necessary to deal with daily feelings, understand experiences, and make positive changes to your life. We will work together to develop a plan to help you heal and grow.
Are you feeling lost and uncertain about the way your life is going? Do you feel alone or stuck in your situation? Are you struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression? In order to effectively treat emotional problems and life challenges, it is important to find a psychiatrist in Chicago that can meet your needs. My first goal when meeting with you is to establish a genuine and collaborative connection. This will serve as the foundation for the work necessary to deal with daily feelings, understand experiences, and make positive changes to your life. We will work together to develop a plan to help you heal and grow.
(312) 800-1521 View (312) 800-1521
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Holistic Mental Health Wellness Inc.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, A, P, N
Verified Verified
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Are someone who values holistic psychiatric care with a focus on trauma recovery? Are you seeking to understand the root of your struggles, believing in the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit—and the innate capacity for healing? Then we may be a great fit! I appreciate the opportunity to make a positive impact on each person's life. My approach goes beyond symptom management; I aim to minimize medication reliance over time, viewing it as part of a larger puzzle rather than the sole solution. If you're ready to embark on a journey of deep self-discovery, I'm here to guide you toward your healthiest, most empowered self."
Are someone who values holistic psychiatric care with a focus on trauma recovery? Are you seeking to understand the root of your struggles, believing in the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit—and the innate capacity for healing? Then we may be a great fit! I appreciate the opportunity to make a positive impact on each person's life. My approach goes beyond symptom management; I aim to minimize medication reliance over time, viewing it as part of a larger puzzle rather than the sole solution. If you're ready to embark on a journey of deep self-discovery, I'm here to guide you toward your healthiest, most empowered self."
(847) 380-8777 View (847) 380-8777
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Aasta Knox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
All patients are ideal to me. They come with a unique set of circumstances that require individualized treatment plans. The treatment will consist of medication management (if required), referrals, and counseling. The goal is to return the individual to a healthier self in mind and body. I can offer comprehensive care consisting psychiatric medication management in collaboration with your other treating providers.
All patients are ideal to me. They come with a unique set of circumstances that require individualized treatment plans. The treatment will consist of medication management (if required), referrals, and counseling. The goal is to return the individual to a healthier self in mind and body. I can offer comprehensive care consisting psychiatric medication management in collaboration with your other treating providers.
(708) 787-3989 View (708) 787-3989
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Heidi Napolitano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Charles, IL 60175
I work to help my patients understand themselves while defining clear goals for treatment and identifying how I can help them reach those goals.
I work to help my patients understand themselves while defining clear goals for treatment and identifying how I can help them reach those goals.
(630) 593-1456 View (630) 593-1456
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Irina Salabai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working with children, adolescents, and adults. I am a patient-centered, compassionate, dedicated, and attentive PMHNP who enjoys working with patients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, self-injurious behaviors, chemical dependency, postpartum, etc. I deliver care that is empathetic, compassionate, and evidence based. I take time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. I aim to provide and maintain a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive therapeutic environment.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working with children, adolescents, and adults. I am a patient-centered, compassionate, dedicated, and attentive PMHNP who enjoys working with patients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, self-injurious behaviors, chemical dependency, postpartum, etc. I deliver care that is empathetic, compassionate, and evidence based. I take time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. I aim to provide and maintain a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive therapeutic environment.
(888) 628-6100 View (888) 628-6100

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sheldon?

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.