Psychiatrists in Fort Wayne, IN

Photo of Dr. Arif Noorbaksh, Psychiatrist in Fort Wayne, IN
Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(260) 577-7481 View (260) 577-7481
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Alicia Ann Elliott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
We all seek emotional wellness. We are at different places on that journey. We all want to be heard. I hear you. It's not easy to ask for help, but I am here to help you. I offer medication services to help as one option. Come see me.
We all seek emotional wellness. We are at different places on that journey. We all want to be heard. I hear you. It's not easy to ask for help, but I am here to help you. I offer medication services to help as one option. Come see me.
(260) 888-3515 View (260) 888-3515
Photo of Dr. Drew Schmale, Psychiatrist in Fort Wayne, IN
Dr. Drew Schmale
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
About me: I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with people and feel everyone has a unique story to tell. I treat everything on the psychiatric spectrum from mild to moderate severity, as well as those stubborn conditions where medications have not been effective. Psychiatry is one of the last frontiers of medicine and we are continuously seeing the field grow. I dedicated much of my training to researching and becoming skilled in novel methods of delivering psychiatric care, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and ketamine treatments.
About me: I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with people and feel everyone has a unique story to tell. I treat everything on the psychiatric spectrum from mild to moderate severity, as well as those stubborn conditions where medications have not been effective. Psychiatry is one of the last frontiers of medicine and we are continuously seeing the field grow. I dedicated much of my training to researching and becoming skilled in novel methods of delivering psychiatric care, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and ketamine treatments.
(260) 217-4404 View (260) 217-4404
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Dr. David Oluyinka Isaac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46835  (Online Only)
Regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, Surround Me Mental Health (SMMH) understands that your mental health is important. An experienced, passionate psychiatric provider who will listen actively to your concerns and be supportive can assist you in achieving your goal of healing from your struggles, using a culturally sensitive and patient-centered approach. Our goal is to help you move forward to where you want to be in your life. Visit our website to request consultation for services via telehealth anywhere in WA and Indiana and in the Greenwood and Indianapolis area.
Regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, Surround Me Mental Health (SMMH) understands that your mental health is important. An experienced, passionate psychiatric provider who will listen actively to your concerns and be supportive can assist you in achieving your goal of healing from your struggles, using a culturally sensitive and patient-centered approach. Our goal is to help you move forward to where you want to be in your life. Visit our website to request consultation for services via telehealth anywhere in WA and Indiana and in the Greenwood and Indianapolis area.
(509) 423-7021 View (509) 423-7021
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(260) 909-8308 View (260) 909-8308
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Viking Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Someone battling severe depression despite trying multiple medications. They seek breakthrough treatments like Spravato and Brainsway Deep TMS, craving relief and a return to a fulfilling life. We specialize in interventional psychiatry, offering advanced options for those failed by traditional methods. Our focus? Helping women, men, veterans, and those ready to reclaim their mental health. Let's embark on this journey to healing together.
Someone battling severe depression despite trying multiple medications. They seek breakthrough treatments like Spravato and Brainsway Deep TMS, craving relief and a return to a fulfilling life. We specialize in interventional psychiatry, offering advanced options for those failed by traditional methods. Our focus? Helping women, men, veterans, and those ready to reclaim their mental health. Let's embark on this journey to healing together.
(260) 217-5360 View (260) 217-5360
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(260) 236-8669 View (260) 236-8669
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(260) 344-7774 View (260) 344-7774
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Uros Koprivica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(260) 308-5630 View (260) 308-5630
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Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
(260) 909-8390 View (260) 909-8390
Photo of Michelle McCarthy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fort Wayne, IN
Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(260) 829-3172 View (260) 829-3172
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(260) 305-1774 View (260) 305-1774
Photo of Jenna Shock, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fort Wayne, IN
Jenna Shock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Wayne, IN 46802  (Online Only)
Have you tried to navigate the difficult world of finding a psych provider that actually listens? Someone that spends more than 10 minutes working to be sure diagnoses are correct and medications are optimal? After trying to navigate that world myself with family members, I made it my goal to do things differently. With me, you're more than just a number. I am able to provide diagnostic evaluations and medication management. My "office" is a safe space - anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQIA+, whatever the issue you face this is a place of non-judgment and I'm here to help you navigate.
Have you tried to navigate the difficult world of finding a psych provider that actually listens? Someone that spends more than 10 minutes working to be sure diagnoses are correct and medications are optimal? After trying to navigate that world myself with family members, I made it my goal to do things differently. With me, you're more than just a number. I am able to provide diagnostic evaluations and medication management. My "office" is a safe space - anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQIA+, whatever the issue you face this is a place of non-judgment and I'm here to help you navigate.
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Nikki Gaines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MBA, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Wayne, IN 46808  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than ten years of experience in various facets of mental health. My philosophy includes a focus on whole mind and body wellness. I strive to deliver excellent, compassionate care through active listening and thoughtful collaboration with my patients – with a splash of humor. You will feel heard and validated, never rushed or ignored. My interest is in the person with a symptom rather than the symptom of a person.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than ten years of experience in various facets of mental health. My philosophy includes a focus on whole mind and body wellness. I strive to deliver excellent, compassionate care through active listening and thoughtful collaboration with my patients – with a splash of humor. You will feel heard and validated, never rushed or ignored. My interest is in the person with a symptom rather than the symptom of a person.
(317) 967-0020 View (317) 967-0020
Photo of Focus ADHD Indianapolis, Psychiatrist in Fort Wayne, IN
Focus ADHD Indianapolis
Psychiatrist, DO, JD, MPH
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46801  (Online Only)
Are you an adult struggling with ADHD? If so, you’re not alone. The providers at Focus ADHD specialize in the treatment of ADHD in adults, particularly working professionals. ADHD affects millions of adults in the US and worldwide. The good news is that Dr. Mario Padron helps individuals like yourself who struggle with ADHD. With a proper diagnosis and a customized treatment plan, you CAN live a less frustrating, more fulfilling life. Focus ADHD is committed to creating a welcoming, non-judgmental clinic where you feel comfortable to come and share your symptoms, struggles, and your concerns.
Are you an adult struggling with ADHD? If so, you’re not alone. The providers at Focus ADHD specialize in the treatment of ADHD in adults, particularly working professionals. ADHD affects millions of adults in the US and worldwide. The good news is that Dr. Mario Padron helps individuals like yourself who struggle with ADHD. With a proper diagnosis and a customized treatment plan, you CAN live a less frustrating, more fulfilling life. Focus ADHD is committed to creating a welcoming, non-judgmental clinic where you feel comfortable to come and share your symptoms, struggles, and your concerns.
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Photo of Jessica Walsh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fort Wayne, IN
Jessica Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Highly Personalized, Accessible, and Affordable psychiatric services with evening and weekend availability. My priority is ensuring you feel heard and listened to. Using a comprehensive and collaborative approach you and I will partner to develop your individualized treatment plan and an optimized medication management strategy to achieve maximal symptom relief. I will take the time needed to get to know you and understand your needs. Treatment goals most often met include personal growth, maximal symptom relief, and overall improvement in daily functioning. Getting your mental health back on track shouldn't keep you waiting!
Highly Personalized, Accessible, and Affordable psychiatric services with evening and weekend availability. My priority is ensuring you feel heard and listened to. Using a comprehensive and collaborative approach you and I will partner to develop your individualized treatment plan and an optimized medication management strategy to achieve maximal symptom relief. I will take the time needed to get to know you and understand your needs. Treatment goals most often met include personal growth, maximal symptom relief, and overall improvement in daily functioning. Getting your mental health back on track shouldn't keep you waiting!
(317) 790-2118 View (317) 790-2118
Photo of Alex Qualkinbush, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fort Wayne, IN
Alex Qualkinbush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46802  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Alex Qualkinbush, PMHNP-BC. I have been working in the mental health field since 2017. As a PMHNP-BC, I have spent most of my time treating substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and insomnia. I also have experience in treating bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I obtained my bachelor of science in nursing from University of Indianapolis and my master of science in nursing from Indiana University School of Nursing.
Hello, my name is Alex Qualkinbush, PMHNP-BC. I have been working in the mental health field since 2017. As a PMHNP-BC, I have spent most of my time treating substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and insomnia. I also have experience in treating bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I obtained my bachelor of science in nursing from University of Indianapolis and my master of science in nursing from Indiana University School of Nursing.
(317) 720-3940 View (317) 720-3940
Photo of Bellwood Wellness Center, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fort Wayne, IN
Bellwood Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
I am passionate about helping those most in need.Many of my clients have not felt heard in the past.They struggle with the everyday things, due to a previous mis-diagnosis or lack of holistic treatment.I seek to listen and take the time needed to fully understand those struggling with ADHD, grief processing, depression, trauma, anxiety or PTSD. Some clients may experience psychosis, or suffer from a personality disorder, or more likely a combination of some of the above. I believe whole body wellness, spirituality, and the mind- body connection are as important as pharmaceutical remedies. If you need to be truly heard, let’s talk.
I am passionate about helping those most in need.Many of my clients have not felt heard in the past.They struggle with the everyday things, due to a previous mis-diagnosis or lack of holistic treatment.I seek to listen and take the time needed to fully understand those struggling with ADHD, grief processing, depression, trauma, anxiety or PTSD. Some clients may experience psychosis, or suffer from a personality disorder, or more likely a combination of some of the above. I believe whole body wellness, spirituality, and the mind- body connection are as important as pharmaceutical remedies. If you need to be truly heard, let’s talk.
(765) 754-4740 View (765) 754-4740
Photo of LaToya Evans, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fort Wayne, IN
LaToya Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Wayne, IN 46801
I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be difficult and overwhelming. I am here to support you throughout your journey by creating a safe and welcoming space where you can feel heard and understood. I recognize that your struggles are unique and require an individualized approach. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your concerns and empowers you to achieve your goals.
I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be difficult and overwhelming. I am here to support you throughout your journey by creating a safe and welcoming space where you can feel heard and understood. I recognize that your struggles are unique and require an individualized approach. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your concerns and empowers you to achieve your goals.
(317) 434-1547 View (317) 434-1547

Online Psychiatrists

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Ashley Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Hi, my name is Ashley! While you may see I am a new nurse practitioner, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. As a pediatric nurse of 20 years I saw the struggles that our youth (and their parents) were having with mental health. While seeking care for my own children and finding a limited amount of providers or long waitlists, I felt a calling to be part of the solution. My ideal client is someone who is open to help, even if they are nervous, scared or unsure. I hope you will find me to be a caring and empathetic provider who wants to walk alongside you in yours or your loved ones treatment.
Hi, my name is Ashley! While you may see I am a new nurse practitioner, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. As a pediatric nurse of 20 years I saw the struggles that our youth (and their parents) were having with mental health. While seeking care for my own children and finding a limited amount of providers or long waitlists, I felt a calling to be part of the solution. My ideal client is someone who is open to help, even if they are nervous, scared or unsure. I hope you will find me to be a caring and empathetic provider who wants to walk alongside you in yours or your loved ones treatment.
(317) 836-2579 View (317) 836-2579

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fort Wayne, IN

10+

Average cost per session

$197

Psychiatrists in Fort Wayne, IN who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
84% Anxiety
74% Trauma and PTSD
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Medication Management
58% ADHD
47% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
94% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Fort Wayne, IN see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fort Wayne?

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.