Psychiatrists in Kokomo, IN

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Shani Berrios
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kokomo, IN 46902
Hi! As someone who has personal experience related to mental health difficulty and trauma, I am hoping to provide empathetic care to help individuals achieve and maintain a better quality of life. My goal is to treat individuals holistically, working collaboratively with clients to tailor personalized treatment plans.
Hi! As someone who has personal experience related to mental health difficulty and trauma, I am hoping to provide empathetic care to help individuals achieve and maintain a better quality of life. My goal is to treat individuals holistically, working collaboratively with clients to tailor personalized treatment plans.
(765) 249-3760 View (765) 249-3760
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Amber R Phebus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kokomo, IN 46902
Hello, my name is Amber, and I am excited to get to know you! I have worked in mental health since 2016, and worked as a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2022. I feel that the provider and patient relationship is very important, and that we should work together to meet your goals for your mental health outcomes! I take pride in being compassionate and understanding to your situations and to work together to create the best treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Hello, my name is Amber, and I am excited to get to know you! I have worked in mental health since 2016, and worked as a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2022. I feel that the provider and patient relationship is very important, and that we should work together to meet your goals for your mental health outcomes! I take pride in being compassionate and understanding to your situations and to work together to create the best treatment plan tailored to your needs.
(765) 739-3482 View (765) 739-3482
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Amanda Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kokomo, IN 46902
My goal is to help the client get to their goals with their mental health. Any way i can help a client feel better with their mental health and overall health and well being is something I always strive for with my patients. If you’re having some anxiety or depression I want to be able to help decrease this. I also am certified in Botox and filler for cosmetic purposes if you are interested in aesthetics as well. I always feel awesome when I can make someone feel better about something they disliked before.
My goal is to help the client get to their goals with their mental health. Any way i can help a client feel better with their mental health and overall health and well being is something I always strive for with my patients. If you’re having some anxiety or depression I want to be able to help decrease this. I also am certified in Botox and filler for cosmetic purposes if you are interested in aesthetics as well. I always feel awesome when I can make someone feel better about something they disliked before.
(765) 268-5351 View (765) 268-5351
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Jennifer Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kokomo, IN 46902
Hello! My name is Jennifer and I am very excited to begin my career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner! I plan to offer great compassion and communication to my clients as well as take pride in being on your team. This will allow us to collaborate together in creating the best treatment plan that works for YOU! My mental health goals for you are being able to achieve an optimal state of health and coping skills. I will be right beside you for utmost encouragement throughout your life journey. My ideal patient is one who is willing to take the first steps into changing, allowing them to start living their best life!
Hello! My name is Jennifer and I am very excited to begin my career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner! I plan to offer great compassion and communication to my clients as well as take pride in being on your team. This will allow us to collaborate together in creating the best treatment plan that works for YOU! My mental health goals for you are being able to achieve an optimal state of health and coping skills. I will be right beside you for utmost encouragement throughout your life journey. My ideal patient is one who is willing to take the first steps into changing, allowing them to start living their best life!
(765) 734-9413 View (765) 734-9413
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Lindsay Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Kokomo, IN 46902
Hello! My name is Lindsay,. I take pride in being on YOUR team. I will work with you to create the best treatment plan to meet your needs. YOU are in charge of your treatment. I am only your "helper" to get you where you want to be. We will work together to ensure you are confident in our treatment decisions while achieving desired outcomes safely. My ideal patient is someone who is seeking personal growth and healing. Everyone deserves to wake up looking forward to starting their day by identifying the positives in their lives, changing controllable negatives, and coping with uncontrollable negatives that impede happiness!
Hello! My name is Lindsay,. I take pride in being on YOUR team. I will work with you to create the best treatment plan to meet your needs. YOU are in charge of your treatment. I am only your "helper" to get you where you want to be. We will work together to ensure you are confident in our treatment decisions while achieving desired outcomes safely. My ideal patient is someone who is seeking personal growth and healing. Everyone deserves to wake up looking forward to starting their day by identifying the positives in their lives, changing controllable negatives, and coping with uncontrollable negatives that impede happiness!
(317) 620-8394 View (317) 620-8394
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Heather M Hare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LMHC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Kokomo, IN 46902
Are you an adult who is anxious, sad, irritable, or moody? Are you pregnant or postpartum? Are you interested in medication to help better manage your symptoms? Please know you can feel better! I work with adults using medication to reduce symptoms, while employing a holistic approach, as recovery is more than just medicine! I also specialize in Perinatal Mood Disorders and am comfortable prescribing during this challenging time. You have safe options! My philosophy is that we are a team and will work together to help you feel better quickly! I am able to meet on a frequent basis if necessary, to help in a faster recovery.
Are you an adult who is anxious, sad, irritable, or moody? Are you pregnant or postpartum? Are you interested in medication to help better manage your symptoms? Please know you can feel better! I work with adults using medication to reduce symptoms, while employing a holistic approach, as recovery is more than just medicine! I also specialize in Perinatal Mood Disorders and am comfortable prescribing during this challenging time. You have safe options! My philosophy is that we are a team and will work together to help you feel better quickly! I am able to meet on a frequent basis if necessary, to help in a faster recovery.
(317) 342-0694 View (317) 342-0694
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Nick Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Kokomo, IN 46902
Hello and thank you for visiting my page! My name is Nick and I specialize in ADHD, addiction, and mood disorders. As a mental health provider I believe it's my duty to legitimize and de-stigmatize mental health. Many of my patients have suffered with ADHD for most of their lives, but haven't been given the time, attention, or resources they need to thrive and live their best lives.
Hello and thank you for visiting my page! My name is Nick and I specialize in ADHD, addiction, and mood disorders. As a mental health provider I believe it's my duty to legitimize and de-stigmatize mental health. Many of my patients have suffered with ADHD for most of their lives, but haven't been given the time, attention, or resources they need to thrive and live their best lives.
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Zacia Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kokomo, IN 46901
Hello, I am Zacia. I am here to help you with your mental health needs. I am here to listen to your concerns and come up with a treatment plan that best suits you. I am a goal-oriented provider. I like to help my patients set realistic and achievable goals and help them overcome obstacles. I strive to be a provider that is approachable, and someone my patients will find comfort in confiding in. I have flexible hours and evening/weekend appointments if needed. I look forward to meeting you and helping you though whatever it is that may be preventing you from obtaining that level of serenity that you desire.
Hello, I am Zacia. I am here to help you with your mental health needs. I am here to listen to your concerns and come up with a treatment plan that best suits you. I am a goal-oriented provider. I like to help my patients set realistic and achievable goals and help them overcome obstacles. I strive to be a provider that is approachable, and someone my patients will find comfort in confiding in. I have flexible hours and evening/weekend appointments if needed. I look forward to meeting you and helping you though whatever it is that may be preventing you from obtaining that level of serenity that you desire.
(463) 465-2137 View (463) 465-2137
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Rwana Abulaban
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Kokomo, IN 46902
Hi all! I would like to help people better understand their mental health and navigate their mental health conditions. I strive to provide compassionate care to my patients with effective listening and understanding while utilizing evidence-based care and treatment.
Hi all! I would like to help people better understand their mental health and navigate their mental health conditions. I strive to provide compassionate care to my patients with effective listening and understanding while utilizing evidence-based care and treatment.
(463) 583-1497 View (463) 583-1497
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Dr. Tonya Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kokomo, IN 46901
Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you often feel stuck and wish your life was different, maybe happier or more fulfilling but you’re unsure where to start? Seeking mental health treatment from a qualified professional is a good first step. My practice aims to empower patients to harness their strengths and resources to overcome life’s challenges and develop sustainable and meaningful life changes. I place a strong emphasis on collaboration. It's important to me to understand your symptoms in context, to learn about your story, who you are, and what has shaped you to become who you are today.
Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you often feel stuck and wish your life was different, maybe happier or more fulfilling but you’re unsure where to start? Seeking mental health treatment from a qualified professional is a good first step. My practice aims to empower patients to harness their strengths and resources to overcome life’s challenges and develop sustainable and meaningful life changes. I place a strong emphasis on collaboration. It's important to me to understand your symptoms in context, to learn about your story, who you are, and what has shaped you to become who you are today.
(317) 671-7471 View (317) 671-7471

Online Psychiatrists

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Bethany Monte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46203
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in integrative psychiatry, I offer holistic care to men, women, and teens. Beyond conventional medication management, my approach delves into the root causes of mental health issues. I emphasize informed choices regarding medication, tailored to your needs, while also integrating lifestyle changes, nutritional guidance, and mindfulness. Committed to understanding and respecting your unique experiences, we'll collaborate on a treatment plan that empowers you towards lasting wellness.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in integrative psychiatry, I offer holistic care to men, women, and teens. Beyond conventional medication management, my approach delves into the root causes of mental health issues. I emphasize informed choices regarding medication, tailored to your needs, while also integrating lifestyle changes, nutritional guidance, and mindfulness. Committed to understanding and respecting your unique experiences, we'll collaborate on a treatment plan that empowers you towards lasting wellness.
(317) 548-6504 View (317) 548-6504
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Abimbola D Oluwasesin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46268
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well. I am dedicated to improving the mental wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan. I am also committed to providing a safe and supportive space for individuals seeking mental help. I care for all individuals across the lifespan.
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well. I am dedicated to improving the mental wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan. I am also committed to providing a safe and supportive space for individuals seeking mental help. I care for all individuals across the lifespan.
(765) 246-8420 View (765) 246-8420
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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) 217-0414 View (463) 217-0414
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Margaret Beymer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Margaret Beymer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana. Are you saying to yourself, “I feel stuck?” Do you wake up thinking, “what’s the point?” Have you wondered why no one seems to notice or care? Margaret cares. Since 2012, Margaret has been working in the medical field and heard these concerns repeatedly. Having grown up in a family with five children, she also knows personally what it’s like to be overlooked, lost, or trapped. This collective experience means she’s developed an unparalleled persistence to get to the root of an issue.
Margaret Beymer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana. Are you saying to yourself, “I feel stuck?” Do you wake up thinking, “what’s the point?” Have you wondered why no one seems to notice or care? Margaret cares. Since 2012, Margaret has been working in the medical field and heard these concerns repeatedly. Having grown up in a family with five children, she also knows personally what it’s like to be overlooked, lost, or trapped. This collective experience means she’s developed an unparalleled persistence to get to the root of an issue.
(463) 220-2654 View (463) 220-2654
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Haylei M Lorca
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Greenwood, IN 46142  (Online Only)
As a doctorally prepared Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strive to educate and empower patients to be active in their healthcare decisions. Rather than simply writing a prescription and sending you on your way; I aim to understand your priorities, past experiences, overall functioning, and goals. I am then able to offer a variety of evidence-based treatment options so that we can develop a plan as a team. We'll track symptoms and functioning before and throughout treatment to accelerate recovery and maintain remission.
As a doctorally prepared Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strive to educate and empower patients to be active in their healthcare decisions. Rather than simply writing a prescription and sending you on your way; I aim to understand your priorities, past experiences, overall functioning, and goals. I am then able to offer a variety of evidence-based treatment options so that we can develop a plan as a team. We'll track symptoms and functioning before and throughout treatment to accelerate recovery and maintain remission.
(463) 287-5108 View (463) 287-5108
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Holly Bowling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
New Castle, IN 47362  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! As a PMHNP I am looking to grow my new Telehealth practice with clients who are unable to be seen at an in-person clinic. Providing visits via Telehealth allows clients the flexibility of conducting their visits virtually anywhere without the hassle of waiting for months to be seen by an in-person provider, all while still obtaining the same benefits, and with the same goal in mind, of improving mental health disorders.
Accepting new clients! As a PMHNP I am looking to grow my new Telehealth practice with clients who are unable to be seen at an in-person clinic. Providing visits via Telehealth allows clients the flexibility of conducting their visits virtually anywhere without the hassle of waiting for months to be seen by an in-person provider, all while still obtaining the same benefits, and with the same goal in mind, of improving mental health disorders.
(765) 275-1143 View (765) 275-1143
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Dr. Cathy-Ann Carby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Wayne, IN 46818  (Online Only)
There is an old saying that, "The one who has experienced it, knows it." I see this saying as being true. Therefore, I seek to understand how you are feeling in an effort to help achieve your mental health goals. I work with clients with a variety of mental health issues, including ADHD, substance use, schizophrenia, mood, and anxiety disorders.
There is an old saying that, "The one who has experienced it, knows it." I see this saying as being true. Therefore, I seek to understand how you are feeling in an effort to help achieve your mental health goals. I work with clients with a variety of mental health issues, including ADHD, substance use, schizophrenia, mood, and anxiety disorders.
(260) 368-3245 View (260) 368-3245
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Crown Point, IN 46307
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.
(317) 854-0205 View (317) 854-0205
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LLMC- Agency Has No Waiting List!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Anderson, IN 46016
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
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René Phillippe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
I am a nurse practitioner with expertise in adult primary care and mental health, holding a MSN in Primary Care and a Post-Master's PMHNP certificate from Indiana Wesleyan University. I bring a comprehensive approach to my care and am dedicated to delivering advanced treatments to Allen County and the surrounding community. I prioritize building trust and fostering collaborative relationships with my patients, providing them the support they need to improve their mental wellness.
I am a nurse practitioner with expertise in adult primary care and mental health, holding a MSN in Primary Care and a Post-Master's PMHNP certificate from Indiana Wesleyan University. I bring a comprehensive approach to my care and am dedicated to delivering advanced treatments to Allen County and the surrounding community. I prioritize building trust and fostering collaborative relationships with my patients, providing them the support they need to improve their mental wellness.
(260) 833-7014 View (260) 833-7014

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Kokomo, IN

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Kokomo, IN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
80% Trauma and PTSD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Psychosis

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Kokomo, IN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kokomo?

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.