Psychiatrists in Willowbrook, IL

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NeuroMod Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Willowbrook, IL 60527
We offer transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven't been effective. TMS can be a good alternative for you, especially if you have had issues tolerating medications, or are not fully helped by medications or simply want to try a different approach for your treatment.
We offer transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven't been effective. TMS can be a good alternative for you, especially if you have had issues tolerating medications, or are not fully helped by medications or simply want to try a different approach for your treatment.
(331) 207-9175 View (331) 207-9175
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Sanjeev Dwivedi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Willowbrook, IL 60527
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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James Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN
Verified
Willowbrook, IL 60527
James Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. James provides active, neutral, and non-judgmental listening. He will work to build an interactive assessment with your help. From this, James will work with you in order to come up with a collaborative treatment plan that encompasses your needs, goals, and evidence-based practices. Outside of work, James enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling.
James Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. James provides active, neutral, and non-judgmental listening. He will work to build an interactive assessment with your help. From this, James will work with you in order to come up with a collaborative treatment plan that encompasses your needs, goals, and evidence-based practices. Outside of work, James enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling.
(630) 937-1064 View (630) 937-1064
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Chung Hsin 'sony' Hu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Sony Hu, PMHNP-BC, is passionate about providing psychiatric care for people with multiple backgrounds. He started his psychiatric journey since 2015 and continues on today. He is happy to provide care for children, adolescents and adults. Please feel free to contact him if you or your child is experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, mood instability, behavioral concerns, ADHD, sleep disturbances or psychosis. If you are unsure if you are experiencing a psychiatric symptom, Sony will be happy to help you navigate and explore your area of need.
Sony Hu, PMHNP-BC, is passionate about providing psychiatric care for people with multiple backgrounds. He started his psychiatric journey since 2015 and continues on today. He is happy to provide care for children, adolescents and adults. Please feel free to contact him if you or your child is experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, mood instability, behavioral concerns, ADHD, sleep disturbances or psychosis. If you are unsure if you are experiencing a psychiatric symptom, Sony will be happy to help you navigate and explore your area of need.
(630) 394-1548 View (630) 394-1548
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Gina Mathew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Willowbrook, IL 60527
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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Janine Watters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Janine Watters is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a clinical focus spanning a broad age range from 6 to 65+, Janine has a particular affinity for adolescents and young adults. She possesses a wealth of expertise in addressing various mental health concerns and is committed to delivering individualized care. In her practice, Janine prioritizes thorough and genuine listening to understand the unique needs of her clients.
Janine Watters is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a clinical focus spanning a broad age range from 6 to 65+, Janine has a particular affinity for adolescents and young adults. She possesses a wealth of expertise in addressing various mental health concerns and is committed to delivering individualized care. In her practice, Janine prioritizes thorough and genuine listening to understand the unique needs of her clients.
(630) 361-0543 View (630) 361-0543
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Denise Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Willowbrook, IL 60527
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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Nashwa Hasabou
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Krista Bedells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
Krista Bedells is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Krista takes an empathic and compassionate approach to patient care. She strives to support patients so they can have a good quality of life and reach their fullest potential. Clients can expect her to work with them and listen to their concerns fully before developing a treatment plan. Krista makes a point to spend quality time with the patient to explore their situation and to fully understand their current symptoms.
Krista Bedells is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Krista takes an empathic and compassionate approach to patient care. She strives to support patients so they can have a good quality of life and reach their fullest potential. Clients can expect her to work with them and listen to their concerns fully before developing a treatment plan. Krista makes a point to spend quality time with the patient to explore their situation and to fully understand their current symptoms.
(646) 759-2638 View (646) 759-2638
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Semone West
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Chudney Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-C, PMHNP-C
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.
(630) 534-1662 x110 View (630) 534-1662 x110
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Relief Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers at Relief, Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers at Relief, Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
(331) 276-6131 View (331) 276-6131
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Dima Arbach
Psychiatrist, MD
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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OnlyMed Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO
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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Shivkumar Pandian
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Amer Smajkic M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Since 1995, Dr. Amer Smajkic has been practicing Psychiatry in the Chicago area. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Smajkic is applying his knowledge and skills as a Psycho-pharmacologist, Behaviorist and Cognitive Behavioral therapist. The focus of his care are ADHD disorders, Learning disorders, Developmental disorders, Mood disorders and Anxiety disorders.
Since 1995, Dr. Amer Smajkic has been practicing Psychiatry in the Chicago area. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Smajkic is applying his knowledge and skills as a Psycho-pharmacologist, Behaviorist and Cognitive Behavioral therapist. The focus of his care are ADHD disorders, Learning disorders, Developmental disorders, Mood disorders and Anxiety disorders.
(312) 697-1173 View (312) 697-1173
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Dr. Utpal Dhruve
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521
PeaklifeMD.com is a boutique clinic focused on life optimization. Our members feel they are not performing to their true potential at work, school, or home. Together, we will work to identify your concerns, goals, and strengths in order to make substantial progress towards achieving a better you.
PeaklifeMD.com is a boutique clinic focused on life optimization. Our members feel they are not performing to their true potential at work, school, or home. Together, we will work to identify your concerns, goals, and strengths in order to make substantial progress towards achieving a better you.
(847) 984-0170 View (847) 984-0170
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Francesco Incandela
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
I’m Dr. Incandela, a psychiatrist committed to helping people achieve their mental health goals and wellness. I graduated from psychiatry residency in 2023 and began practicing that same year. I collaborate with each person to develop a comprehensive and wholistic treatment plan that is tailored to the individual while incorporating evidence-based treatment models. For me, the wholistic process includes working to understand and target mental health concerns from a biological, psychological, and social perspective understanding that many things affect a person's mental health that medication alone may not address.
I’m Dr. Incandela, a psychiatrist committed to helping people achieve their mental health goals and wellness. I graduated from psychiatry residency in 2023 and began practicing that same year. I collaborate with each person to develop a comprehensive and wholistic treatment plan that is tailored to the individual while incorporating evidence-based treatment models. For me, the wholistic process includes working to understand and target mental health concerns from a biological, psychological, and social perspective understanding that many things affect a person's mental health that medication alone may not address.
(331) 321-4984 View (331) 321-4984
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Jamie Rawl
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
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
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Amanda Hahn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, PMH-C
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Willowbrook, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Willowbrook, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
71% Child
71% ADHD

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Willowbrook, IL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Willowbrook?

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.