Psychiatrists in Laurel County, KY

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Kentucky Counseling Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Not Verified Not Verified
London, KY 40744
Kentucky Counseling Center London provides counseling, psychiatry, and targeted case management for children and adults without the long wait times. We accept the following insurances: Medicaid, Anthem, Passport, Wellcare, Aetna, Caresource, Humana, Tricare, Medicare, Cigna, Optum and more for all mental health services. Don’t want to use insurance? We have some of the cheapest prices for mental health treatment in Kentucky. Call or request an appointment online today.
Kentucky Counseling Center London provides counseling, psychiatry, and targeted case management for children and adults without the long wait times. We accept the following insurances: Medicaid, Anthem, Passport, Wellcare, Aetna, Caresource, Humana, Tricare, Medicare, Cigna, Optum and more for all mental health services. Don’t want to use insurance? We have some of the cheapest prices for mental health treatment in Kentucky. Call or request an appointment online today.
(855) 285-2450 View (855) 285-2450
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Mary Rollins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
London, KY 40744
I won’t say that I necessarily have an “ideal” client. I chose to do what I do because I want to help people. I’m comfortable with any and all situations. My goal is to help people to be able to help themselves to meet the mental health goals they have set. I want to help spread positivity and decrease the stigma on mental health.
I won’t say that I necessarily have an “ideal” client. I chose to do what I do because I want to help people. I’m comfortable with any and all situations. My goal is to help people to be able to help themselves to meet the mental health goals they have set. I want to help spread positivity and decrease the stigma on mental health.
(606) 532-1889 View (606) 532-1889
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Anna Schoeneman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-CN, PMHNP-B, CCRN
Verified Verified
London, KY 40744
Mental health impacts everyone in a slightly different way. It is my goal to help you reach your mental health goals. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or trauma, allow me to help you facilitate the best quality of life and help you reach your goals.
Mental health impacts everyone in a slightly different way. It is my goal to help you reach your mental health goals. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or trauma, allow me to help you facilitate the best quality of life and help you reach your goals.
(606) 206-8394 View (606) 206-8394
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Stephanie Sweeny, Women's Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, KY 40744  (Online Only)
The services we provide are designed to alleviate emotional and mental health symptoms for women who feel alone and stuck and are experiencing emotional or mental health symptoms. As women, there is a need for support, guidance, and help to identify what is normal. Our providers strive to help you reach your goals and live a happy and fulfilling life.
The services we provide are designed to alleviate emotional and mental health symptoms for women who feel alone and stuck and are experiencing emotional or mental health symptoms. As women, there is a need for support, guidance, and help to identify what is normal. Our providers strive to help you reach your goals and live a happy and fulfilling life.
(859) 549-7048 View (859) 549-7048

Online Psychiatrists

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Parsons Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Berea, KY 40403
At Parsons Counseling, we believe each person deserves to feel seen, heard, and understood. Our goal is to care for you, your family, and your unique situation to help you learn, heal, and thrive! When counseling alone falls short, our psychiatric nurse practitioners are here to support you and help find the right solution for your mental health.
At Parsons Counseling, we believe each person deserves to feel seen, heard, and understood. Our goal is to care for you, your family, and your unique situation to help you learn, heal, and thrive! When counseling alone falls short, our psychiatric nurse practitioners are here to support you and help find the right solution for your mental health.
(859) 724-6803 View (859) 724-6803
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Rebecca Bruner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40509
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnosis, and provide psychotropic medication management as necessary to children, adolescents, and adults. I am very open-minded, non-judgmental, and supportive of the LGBTQIA community. I believe in individualized treatment across the lifespan in order to accurately improve mental health outcomes. I have experience in assessing and treating complex mental health issues in both an outpatient and inpatient setting. I am also an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP).
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnosis, and provide psychotropic medication management as necessary to children, adolescents, and adults. I am very open-minded, non-judgmental, and supportive of the LGBTQIA community. I believe in individualized treatment across the lifespan in order to accurately improve mental health outcomes. I have experience in assessing and treating complex mental health issues in both an outpatient and inpatient setting. I am also an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP).
(859) 681-8478 View (859) 681-8478
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40505  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(502) 317-8408 View (502) 317-8408
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40507  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Kentucky state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Kentucky state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
(930) 205-4161 View (930) 205-4161
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Brittany Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for holistic healing, I am dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental wellness. I offer psychiatric evaluations with medication management and specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and mood disorders. My therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that true healing occurs when we address the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for holistic healing, I am dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental wellness. I offer psychiatric evaluations with medication management and specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and mood disorders. My therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that true healing occurs when we address the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
(859) 800-6048 View (859) 800-6048
Jessica Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40509
Jessica Price is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She holds active memberships in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APRN) and the American Nurses Association (ANA). She received her master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University and her bachelor's degree in Nursing from Kentucky State University. Her previous work experience includes both hospital and private practice settings in both inpatient and outpatient units.
Jessica Price is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She holds active memberships in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APRN) and the American Nurses Association (ANA). She received her master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University and her bachelor's degree in Nursing from Kentucky State University. Her previous work experience includes both hospital and private practice settings in both inpatient and outpatient units.
(859) 350-6419 View (859) 350-6419
Harold Bedu-Addo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pikeville, KY 41501  (Online Only)
I am part of a group practice that works with adults of all ages. I am a licensed PMHNP, psychiatric mental health provider, in Kentucky with 2+ years of experience in public mental health.
I am part of a group practice that works with adults of all ages. I am a licensed PMHNP, psychiatric mental health provider, in Kentucky with 2+ years of experience in public mental health.
(803) 310-2470 View (803) 310-2470
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Markquetta Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40504  (Online Only)
Hello there, I'm Markquetta! Do you every feel overwhelmed, stressed and drained from daily life and the situations that may arise in it? Are you overthinking, worried, scattered brain, and have racing thoughts? Do you feel sad, moody, and want to isolate yourself from other people? I can help you achieve that sense of calm and mental wellbeing you are searching for.
Hello there, I'm Markquetta! Do you every feel overwhelmed, stressed and drained from daily life and the situations that may arise in it? Are you overthinking, worried, scattered brain, and have racing thoughts? Do you feel sad, moody, and want to isolate yourself from other people? I can help you achieve that sense of calm and mental wellbeing you are searching for.
(859) 651-7686 View (859) 651-7686
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Casey Mattingly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Georgetown, KY 40324
Casey Mattingly is a Medication Provider, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Master's Degree in Nursing. Casey believes patient should be involved in their care and be an advocate for themselves. Her main areas of focus include depression, anxiety, and postpartum depression/anxiety. In her spare time, Casey enjoys fishing with her husband and playing with her son.
Casey Mattingly is a Medication Provider, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Master's Degree in Nursing. Casey believes patient should be involved in their care and be an advocate for themselves. Her main areas of focus include depression, anxiety, and postpartum depression/anxiety. In her spare time, Casey enjoys fishing with her husband and playing with her son.
(502) 586-4476 View (502) 586-4476
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40504  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(502) 383-5950 View (502) 383-5950
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Naomi Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40502
I completed training in psychology, nursing, and psychiatric nursing. Before becoming a nurse, I worked as a social worker. My experience working in the mental health field has led me to understand how difficult asking for help can be for you. Whether it is your first time seeking help or your hundredth time, I am here to help guide you through your journey to be YOUR best self. I can help with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, and various other conditions. I can provide care in person or via telehealth.
I completed training in psychology, nursing, and psychiatric nursing. Before becoming a nurse, I worked as a social worker. My experience working in the mental health field has led me to understand how difficult asking for help can be for you. Whether it is your first time seeking help or your hundredth time, I am here to help guide you through your journey to be YOUR best self. I can help with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, and various other conditions. I can provide care in person or via telehealth.
(859) 517-4113 View (859) 517-4113
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Wellsprings Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Somerset, KY 42501
Wellsprings Wellness Practitioners, Clinicians & staff provide a compassionate and caring environment to promote personal healing and growth.  We focus on each client's needs while honoring their individual beliefs and values. We pride ourselves in providing Integrated Care to our Patients. Integrated Care blends the expertise of mental health, substance use, and primary care practitioners, with feedback from patients and their caregivers. This creates a team-based approach where mental health care and general medical care are offered in the same setting.
Wellsprings Wellness Practitioners, Clinicians & staff provide a compassionate and caring environment to promote personal healing and growth.  We focus on each client's needs while honoring their individual beliefs and values. We pride ourselves in providing Integrated Care to our Patients. Integrated Care blends the expertise of mental health, substance use, and primary care practitioners, with feedback from patients and their caregivers. This creates a team-based approach where mental health care and general medical care are offered in the same setting.
(606) 217-6938 View (606) 217-6938
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Brian Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Brian Richardson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who received his"¯Master's"¯Degree"¯from Northern Kentucky University. "¯ He received a bachelor's degree in nursing and environmental studies from Eastern Kentucky University. "¯ He has"¯experience"¯working"¯at Cardinal Hill dealing with traumatic brain injury patients and"¯the"¯rehabilitative needs of patients with acute medical conditions. "¯ He has"¯also"¯worked at the Ridge inpatient"¯services"¯with children, adolescents, and adult populations. "¯ His special interests include treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.
Brian Richardson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who received his"¯Master's"¯Degree"¯from Northern Kentucky University. "¯ He received a bachelor's degree in nursing and environmental studies from Eastern Kentucky University. "¯ He has"¯experience"¯working"¯at Cardinal Hill dealing with traumatic brain injury patients and"¯the"¯rehabilitative needs of patients with acute medical conditions. "¯ He has"¯also"¯worked at the Ridge inpatient"¯services"¯with children, adolescents, and adult populations. "¯ His special interests include treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.
(859) 374-7088 View (859) 374-7088
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PRISM Wellness Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
I have been a Critical Care Registered Nurse for over 10 years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I witnessed a significant shortage of mental healthcare availability, which led me to transition into the field of Psychiatric Mental Healthcare in order to provide custom, client-centered services. I hold a Masters of Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University and I am board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
I have been a Critical Care Registered Nurse for over 10 years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I witnessed a significant shortage of mental healthcare availability, which led me to transition into the field of Psychiatric Mental Healthcare in order to provide custom, client-centered services. I hold a Masters of Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University and I am board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
(502) 496-2519 View (502) 496-2519
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Catherine Permin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MHNP , APRN, APRN BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40505  (Online Only)
Dr. Catherine Permin, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, APRN is a nurse practitioner who provides healthcare in the primary care and mental health settings to diverse patients across the lifespan. Dr. Permin was born in a Danish family and spent her childhood in France. Subsequently, she traveled globally working in the horse industry before settling in the central Kentucky area. Dr. Permin is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and this allows her to provide culturally congruent care to patients whose native language may not be English.
Dr. Catherine Permin, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, APRN is a nurse practitioner who provides healthcare in the primary care and mental health settings to diverse patients across the lifespan. Dr. Permin was born in a Danish family and spent her childhood in France. Subsequently, she traveled globally working in the horse industry before settling in the central Kentucky area. Dr. Permin is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and this allows her to provide culturally congruent care to patients whose native language may not be English.
(859) 328-2415 View (859) 328-2415
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Erica Webb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Georgetown, KY 40324
Erica Webb is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is originally from Michigan and moved to Kentucky 17 years ago after her husband finished his time in the military. She has over 10 years of nursing experience and has worked the last 8 years at the University of Kentucky Hospital working various specialties units with the majority of her time as a pool RN in the Emergency Department. She received her Master's Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and American Nurses Association.
Erica Webb is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is originally from Michigan and moved to Kentucky 17 years ago after her husband finished his time in the military. She has over 10 years of nursing experience and has worked the last 8 years at the University of Kentucky Hospital working various specialties units with the majority of her time as a pool RN in the Emergency Department. She received her Master's Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and American Nurses Association.
(502) 427-7517 View (502) 427-7517

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Number of Psychiatrists in Laurel County, KY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Laurel County, KY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% Addiction
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Laurel County, KY see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Laurel County?

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.