Psychiatrists in Jeffersonville, IN

Photo of Gayatri Singh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jeffersonville, IN
Gayatri Singh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DBH , APRN, LCSW, LCAC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
I offer a range of evidence-based, patient-centered outpatient clinical services to meet the behavioral health care needs of patients and their families via in-person and telehealth. I provide a variety of assessment and treatment services, including psychiatric consultation, medication therapies, individual, couples, and family psychotherapy. The conditions I primarily treat are Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders.
I offer a range of evidence-based, patient-centered outpatient clinical services to meet the behavioral health care needs of patients and their families via in-person and telehealth. I provide a variety of assessment and treatment services, including psychiatric consultation, medication therapies, individual, couples, and family psychotherapy. The conditions I primarily treat are Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders.
(812) 906-5934 View (812) 906-5934
Photo of Amy Falkenstein, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jeffersonville, IN
Amy Falkenstein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
The first step to change is always the most difficult but the most powerful!  YOU should be proud of yourself for taking care of YOU! Life can be overwhelming for women & new moms with timelines, pressures and demands leading to feelings of drowning, unworthy, unappreciated, burned out.  When we feel this way, we can have low self-esteem, lack confidence, disconnected, & unhappiness. Too many of us feel stuck in life, sad, stressed, lack of motivation, guilty, and lonely. New moms can feel overwhelmed with a new baby that leads to constant worry & depression. It is time to get reconnected with YOU-again by getting the support.
The first step to change is always the most difficult but the most powerful!  YOU should be proud of yourself for taking care of YOU! Life can be overwhelming for women & new moms with timelines, pressures and demands leading to feelings of drowning, unworthy, unappreciated, burned out.  When we feel this way, we can have low self-esteem, lack confidence, disconnected, & unhappiness. Too many of us feel stuck in life, sad, stressed, lack of motivation, guilty, and lonely. New moms can feel overwhelmed with a new baby that leads to constant worry & depression. It is time to get reconnected with YOU-again by getting the support.
(812) 613-6071 View (812) 613-6071
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Southern Indiana Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Jeffersonville, IN 47129
Are you tired as soon as you wake up? Or going to bed and laying awake because you keep replaying your conversations, and actions over and over in your head? Or maybe your running around all day long super busy trying to get things done, and at the end of the day you realize you didn't much of anything done. Some people wonder if the things they struggle with are normal, and often might feel like they are the only ones who experience these issues. The truth is if you're asking yourself this, then it causing you some distress, which is not normal and to your surprise, you are not alone. I work with patients to create treatment plans
Are you tired as soon as you wake up? Or going to bed and laying awake because you keep replaying your conversations, and actions over and over in your head? Or maybe your running around all day long super busy trying to get things done, and at the end of the day you realize you didn't much of anything done. Some people wonder if the things they struggle with are normal, and often might feel like they are the only ones who experience these issues. The truth is if you're asking yourself this, then it causing you some distress, which is not normal and to your surprise, you are not alone. I work with patients to create treatment plans
(812) 906-5861 View (812) 906-5861
Photo of Katherine Monica Kelly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jeffersonville, IN
Katherine Monica Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN MSN , FNP-C
Verified Verified
Jeffersonville, IN 47131  (Online Only)
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 27 years of experience working with children and adults of all ages. Our minds and bodies work together and when one area is not healthy, other areas can struggle as well. My goal is to assist in rebuilding a healthier and happier person inside and out.
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 27 years of experience working with children and adults of all ages. Our minds and bodies work together and when one area is not healthy, other areas can struggle as well. My goal is to assist in rebuilding a healthier and happier person inside and out.
(317) 876-3699 View (317) 876-3699
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Sarah Schirmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jeffersonville, IN 47129
I work with people who encounter frequent, strong emotions that they experience as problematic and then find themselves avoiding the life they want to live. My patients may struggle with intense anxiety and worry, distressing depression, or problems with focus, concentration, and productivity. We work together to remind you of your strengths, values, and goals and create a holistic plan that works for you. Instead of avoiding your life, you will learn to accept and tolerate your emotions and get back to doing the things that are meaningful for you.
I work with people who encounter frequent, strong emotions that they experience as problematic and then find themselves avoiding the life they want to live. My patients may struggle with intense anxiety and worry, distressing depression, or problems with focus, concentration, and productivity. We work together to remind you of your strengths, values, and goals and create a holistic plan that works for you. Instead of avoiding your life, you will learn to accept and tolerate your emotions and get back to doing the things that are meaningful for you.
(502) 237-1376 View (502) 237-1376
Tiffany DeGree
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jeffersonville, IN 47130  (Online Only)
(502) 325-3539 View (502) 325-3539

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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
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.
(463) 219-4976 View (463) 219-4976
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
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.
(463) 466-5967 View (463) 466-5967
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
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.
(463) 263-8707 View (463) 263-8707
Photo of Dr. Arif Noorbaksh, Psychiatrist in Jeffersonville, IN
Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
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.
(812) 561-5215 View (812) 561-5215
Photo of Edena Walden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jeffersonville, IN
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
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.
(463) 227-0211 View (463) 227-0211
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Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
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.
(463) 466-5309 View (463) 466-5309
Photo of Sarah Thomas | The Lotus Connection, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jeffersonville, IN
Sarah Thomas | The Lotus Connection
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
New Albany, IN 47150  (Online Only)
My mission at The Lotus Connection is to normalize mental health as a part of the human experience and allow everyone to love and accept every part of themselves; knowing they are uniquely and beautifully made; accepting that we are each perfectly imperfect! Regardless of circumstances you feel you may presently be or have been in, you can rise above and blossom Beautifully and Gracefully as the Lotus Flower. I specialize in medication management for Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety), Depression, ADHD, Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), and SUD.
My mission at The Lotus Connection is to normalize mental health as a part of the human experience and allow everyone to love and accept every part of themselves; knowing they are uniquely and beautifully made; accepting that we are each perfectly imperfect! Regardless of circumstances you feel you may presently be or have been in, you can rise above and blossom Beautifully and Gracefully as the Lotus Flower. I specialize in medication management for Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety), Depression, ADHD, Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), and SUD.
(502) 791-9800 View (502) 791-9800
Photo of Heather Mott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jeffersonville, IN
Heather Mott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Albany, IN 47150
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I am committed to providing integrative care that addresses the holistic needs of my patients. My approach blends evidence- based pharmacotherapy with holistic modalities, recognizing the interconnectedness of mental and physical health.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I am committed to providing integrative care that addresses the holistic needs of my patients. My approach blends evidence- based pharmacotherapy with holistic modalities, recognizing the interconnectedness of mental and physical health.
(812) 497-8688 View (812) 497-8688
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Natalie Stone Accepting New Patients-Schedule Now!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Albany, IN 47150
By fostering a safe and non-judgmental environment, Natalie cultivates a strong therapeutic alliance, empowering you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with confidence and clarity. Through collaboration and mutual respect, Natalie works hand-in-hand with you to develop personalized treatment plans that honor your individuality and align with your goals.
By fostering a safe and non-judgmental environment, Natalie cultivates a strong therapeutic alliance, empowering you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with confidence and clarity. Through collaboration and mutual respect, Natalie works hand-in-hand with you to develop personalized treatment plans that honor your individuality and align with your goals.
(812) 506-2287 View (812) 506-2287
Photo of Dr. Sarah Parsons, Psychiatrist in Jeffersonville, IN
Dr. Sarah Parsons
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
New Albany, IN 47150
Waitlist for new clients
Hello - I am Sarah Parsons DO – a Kentucky based, Christian, triple boarded psychiatrist dedicated to helping others. I offer in-person and tele-psychiatry appointments for patients in KY, IN, and AL. I was born and raised in Lexington, Ky and attended Centre College and Pikeville University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed residency in Psychiatry & Neurology at ETSU, in Johnson City, TN. I then completed fellowship in Consult Liaison Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH, specializing in women’s mental health, transplant psychiatry, HIV psychiatry, psychodermatology, psychooncology, and ICU psychiatry.
Hello - I am Sarah Parsons DO – a Kentucky based, Christian, triple boarded psychiatrist dedicated to helping others. I offer in-person and tele-psychiatry appointments for patients in KY, IN, and AL. I was born and raised in Lexington, Ky and attended Centre College and Pikeville University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed residency in Psychiatry & Neurology at ETSU, in Johnson City, TN. I then completed fellowship in Consult Liaison Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH, specializing in women’s mental health, transplant psychiatry, HIV psychiatry, psychodermatology, psychooncology, and ICU psychiatry.
(502) 383-5942 View (502) 383-5942
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Lifeline Medical Center- Accepting New Clients
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Albany, IN 47150
Are you ready to start reaching for your goals? I am here to help you be successful in all your mental health endeavors! I love working with patients of all ages and backgrounds, with many different types of concerns.
Are you ready to start reaching for your goals? I am here to help you be successful in all your mental health endeavors! I love working with patients of all ages and backgrounds, with many different types of concerns.
(971) 364-3859 View (971) 364-3859

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Eric Lyakhovetsky, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jeffersonville, IN
Eric Lyakhovetsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Eric Lyakhovetsky is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and has been involved in the psychiatric care of children and adults since 2010. He has studied at a variety of colleges including Indiana University, Bloomington before finishing his masters at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis. Eric takes a holistic, patient-centered approach to treatment, with an emphasis on helping patients to understand their conditions and treatment options. He has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults ranging up to age 35 with a variety of conditions including ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma.
Eric Lyakhovetsky is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and has been involved in the psychiatric care of children and adults since 2010. He has studied at a variety of colleges including Indiana University, Bloomington before finishing his masters at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis. Eric takes a holistic, patient-centered approach to treatment, with an emphasis on helping patients to understand their conditions and treatment options. He has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults ranging up to age 35 with a variety of conditions including ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma.
(463) 218-6518 View (463) 218-6518
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Matrika Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Evansville, IN 47715
Matrika Brown, PMHNP Matrika Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2014. She has an MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Southern Indiana, a BSN from the University of Southern Indiana, a BS from Park University and an AAS from Community College of the Air Force. Matrika believes in a minimalist approach to medication prescribing and utilizing lifestyle medicine foundational principles and mind/body medicine techniques as adjuncts to medication management to improve overall outcomes.
Matrika Brown, PMHNP Matrika Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2014. She has an MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Southern Indiana, a BSN from the University of Southern Indiana, a BS from Park University and an AAS from Community College of the Air Force. Matrika believes in a minimalist approach to medication prescribing and utilizing lifestyle medicine foundational principles and mind/body medicine techniques as adjuncts to medication management to improve overall outcomes.
(812) 892-2758 View (812) 892-2758
Photo of Sarah Franklin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jeffersonville, IN
Sarah Franklin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IN 47408
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) I perform diagnostic assessment, medication management, and treatment of those with mental health disorders. I focus on individuals with eating disorders, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, and BPD, but have openings for any diagnosis. As someone with personal experience of having an eating disorder and BPD I know how hard it is to find providers understanding of the unique challenges faced by the population. I strive to make sure my patients are heard, and work with them to help get them the proper medication and treatment.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) I perform diagnostic assessment, medication management, and treatment of those with mental health disorders. I focus on individuals with eating disorders, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, and BPD, but have openings for any diagnosis. As someone with personal experience of having an eating disorder and BPD I know how hard it is to find providers understanding of the unique challenges faced by the population. I strive to make sure my patients are heard, and work with them to help get them the proper medication and treatment.
(812) 943-2730 View (812) 943-2730

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Number of Psychiatrists in Jeffersonville, IN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Jeffersonville, IN who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Medication Management
67% Stress
50% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Other

How Psychiatrists in Jeffersonville, IN see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jeffersonville?

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.