Psychiatrists in London, KY

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Anna Schoeneman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-CN, PMHNP-B, CCRN
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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Mary Rollins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
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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Kentucky Counseling Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
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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Stephanie Sweeny, Women's Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified
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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Ryan Bowlds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Ryan Bowlds, PMHNP Ryan Bowlds is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2023. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and completed a Psychiatric-Nurse Practitioner Master's degree from Western Kentucky University. Ryan offers not only medication management but the ability to provide psychotherapy-based therapeutic interventions. Outside of work, Ryan loves to play music, collect old music records, watch sports, and also play basketball and golf.
Ryan Bowlds, PMHNP Ryan Bowlds is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2023. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and completed a Psychiatric-Nurse Practitioner Master's degree from Western Kentucky University. Ryan offers not only medication management but the ability to provide psychotherapy-based therapeutic interventions. Outside of work, Ryan loves to play music, collect old music records, watch sports, and also play basketball and golf.
(859) 712-9926 View (859) 712-9926
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Dr. Kristin Dawson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lexington, KY 40503
Every one of us is on an expedition and most of us have encountered suffering along the way. We are here to act as guides during the most difficult parts of your mental health journey. Your treatment team will assess which stage of the journey you find yourself in now. You may be seeking relief from psychiatric symptoms, exploring healing from trauma, trying to optimize your mind, body and spirit or building a thriving life - Expedition Mental Health is ready to join you on your journey to greater mental health.
Every one of us is on an expedition and most of us have encountered suffering along the way. We are here to act as guides during the most difficult parts of your mental health journey. Your treatment team will assess which stage of the journey you find yourself in now. You may be seeking relief from psychiatric symptoms, exploring healing from trauma, trying to optimize your mind, body and spirit or building a thriving life - Expedition Mental Health is ready to join you on your journey to greater mental health.
(859) 374-7085 View (859) 374-7085
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Compass Medical Group, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Hello! I am a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received my masters degree from the University of South Alabama and have over 14 years of experience in my field. I provide medication management in a peaceful, relaxing office space or via telehealth if the patient prefers. I also utilize several tools to help pinpoint your diagnosis to maximize treatment success! Private and secure Telehealth services are a special focus for me and Telehealth is currently the best option to observe health and safety guidelines and pairs perfectly with mental health treatment if preferred.
Hello! I am a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received my masters degree from the University of South Alabama and have over 14 years of experience in my field. I provide medication management in a peaceful, relaxing office space or via telehealth if the patient prefers. I also utilize several tools to help pinpoint your diagnosis to maximize treatment success! Private and secure Telehealth services are a special focus for me and Telehealth is currently the best option to observe health and safety guidelines and pairs perfectly with mental health treatment if preferred.
(502) 237-4635 View (502) 237-4635
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Wellsprings Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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Rebekah Easton-Hogg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Berea, KY 40403
We are here to help you identify health care concerns, achieve higher resiliency, and work toward health care goals. We offer medication management, diagnostic clarification, and many additional mental health care services.
We are here to help you identify health care concerns, achieve higher resiliency, and work toward health care goals. We offer medication management, diagnostic clarification, and many additional mental health care services.
(859) 374-8974 View (859) 374-8974
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Jessica Ortega Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CCDS, PMHNP
Verified
Shelbyville, KY 40065
At Renewing Minds Psychiatry & Wellness, Jessica specializes in medication management and therapy with supporting children (ages 6 and up), adolescents, and adults who are experiencing nervousness, inability to focus, and feeling down to find within themselves the ability to have peace, concentrate, and feel better again.
At Renewing Minds Psychiatry & Wellness, Jessica specializes in medication management and therapy with supporting children (ages 6 and up), adolescents, and adults who are experiencing nervousness, inability to focus, and feeling down to find within themselves the ability to have peace, concentrate, and feel better again.
(502) 236-9435 View (502) 236-9435
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Nick Bischoff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Mood Disorders. However, I have broad experience in treating a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders and mental health concerns. I earned bachelor's degrees in Human Nutrition and Nursing from the University of Kentucky. I pursued graduate training at Vanderbilt University, achieving a Master's degree in Nursing with a focus in Psychiatric/Mental Health.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Mood Disorders. However, I have broad experience in treating a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders and mental health concerns. I earned bachelor's degrees in Human Nutrition and Nursing from the University of Kentucky. I pursued graduate training at Vanderbilt University, achieving a Master's degree in Nursing with a focus in Psychiatric/Mental Health.
(502) 221-9944 View (502) 221-9944
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Shawnda Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Mount Sterling, KY 40353
Hello, my name is Shawnda Carter and I am here to help you navigate your individualized mental health needs. I enjoy treating those with addiction, eating disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. I believe that treatment should be individualized based on each individual and that there is no "one-size fits all or most". I will listen to your concerns and work with you to develop a plan of care that suits your individual goals. Let's work together to achieve a better tomorrow!
Hello, my name is Shawnda Carter and I am here to help you navigate your individualized mental health needs. I enjoy treating those with addiction, eating disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. I believe that treatment should be individualized based on each individual and that there is no "one-size fits all or most". I will listen to your concerns and work with you to develop a plan of care that suits your individual goals. Let's work together to achieve a better tomorrow!
(859) 217-4698 View (859) 217-4698
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Dr. Lynn Jacobson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40502  (Online Only)
Reaching out to a doctor is something you've been considering for a while now. Irrational thoughts, overthinking, and anxiety have plagued you for some time. Before, you were able to push through and try to ignore it, but now it seems like your gut is telling you it's time to get some help. Feeling irritable, worried, and overwhelmed has taken its toll. It's getting harder to be patient with your kids and husband, and it's even harder to do well at work. Self-doubt feels like a constant companion. All that stuff about self-care? Yeah, right. All you feel capable of is hiding away, crying, and hoping your problems go away.
Reaching out to a doctor is something you've been considering for a while now. Irrational thoughts, overthinking, and anxiety have plagued you for some time. Before, you were able to push through and try to ignore it, but now it seems like your gut is telling you it's time to get some help. Feeling irritable, worried, and overwhelmed has taken its toll. It's getting harder to be patient with your kids and husband, and it's even harder to do well at work. Self-doubt feels like a constant companion. All that stuff about self-care? Yeah, right. All you feel capable of is hiding away, crying, and hoping your problems go away.
(859) 795-3439 View (859) 795-3439
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Isabel Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40511
Hello. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in nursing and psychiatry across the lifespan. I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I am committed to providing client centered care and believe that successful treatment involves a collaboration between provider and client.
Hello. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in nursing and psychiatry across the lifespan. I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I am committed to providing client centered care and believe that successful treatment involves a collaboration between provider and client.
(502) 251-8593 View (502) 251-8593
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New Horizons Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frankfort, KY 40601
New Horizons Psychiatry is a private, outpatient, mental-health practice that offers evidence-based and patient-centered mental-health care in a private, discrete, and convenient setting in downtown Frankfort. I will see psychiatric mental-health clients of all ages for evaluation and medication management. I have experience working with children and adults of all ages, including veterans and police officers. I have helped clients with depression, bipolar, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, PTSD, etc. My training has prepared me to understand the relationship between physical and mental health. Now accepting new clients!
New Horizons Psychiatry is a private, outpatient, mental-health practice that offers evidence-based and patient-centered mental-health care in a private, discrete, and convenient setting in downtown Frankfort. I will see psychiatric mental-health clients of all ages for evaluation and medication management. I have experience working with children and adults of all ages, including veterans and police officers. I have helped clients with depression, bipolar, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, PTSD, etc. My training has prepared me to understand the relationship between physical and mental health. Now accepting new clients!
(502) 289-5809 View (502) 289-5809
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Felix Brown
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Jeremy Brown is an advanced practice registered nurse, board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Kentucky. He has served as a psychiatric registered nurse for the past 20 years providing care in both inpatient as well as outpatient care settings. He earned his Master of Science in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. Jeremy's areas of specialty include mood and thought disorders as well as treatment-refractory illness.
Jeremy Brown is an advanced practice registered nurse, board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Kentucky. He has served as a psychiatric registered nurse for the past 20 years providing care in both inpatient as well as outpatient care settings. He earned his Master of Science in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. Jeremy's areas of specialty include mood and thought disorders as well as treatment-refractory illness.
(859) 374-8258 View (859) 374-8258
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Shirley Beth Hicks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Beth Hicks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2020. Beth always shows clients empathy for what they've been through and shows personal interest in their care. She builds a good rapport that is healthy and caring. Outside of work, Beth loves yoga, cooking new recipes, traveling, and reading.
Beth Hicks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2020. Beth always shows clients empathy for what they've been through and shows personal interest in their care. She builds a good rapport that is healthy and caring. Outside of work, Beth loves yoga, cooking new recipes, traveling, and reading.
(502) 317-0399 View (502) 317-0399
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
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
Photo of Rebecca Feck, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in London, KY
Rebecca Feck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40513
I am passionate about Mental Healthcare and assisting you in gaining the quality of life you deserve. I believe that through accurate diagnosis and medication management all clients will begin to realize thier personal self worth, believe in their full potential and reach thier individual mental health goals. I practice a holistic approach to mental health by utilizing safe effective medication treatment of your symptoms and educating you regarding your diagnosis and individual treatment plan. By creating a partnership with each client, a level of “teamwork” can be achieved culminating in the best therapeutic outcome for you.
I am passionate about Mental Healthcare and assisting you in gaining the quality of life you deserve. I believe that through accurate diagnosis and medication management all clients will begin to realize thier personal self worth, believe in their full potential and reach thier individual mental health goals. I practice a holistic approach to mental health by utilizing safe effective medication treatment of your symptoms and educating you regarding your diagnosis and individual treatment plan. By creating a partnership with each client, a level of “teamwork” can be achieved culminating in the best therapeutic outcome for you.
(859) 724-6024 View (859) 724-6024
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Cheryl Lynn Marrs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40503
We are not born with the skills to handle life or our emotions. If we did not have people surrounding us as we grew who knew these skills and could teach us, then we did whatever we could to get through the emotion or situation we were faced with. This continued and evolved over time-maybe it changed into substance use, maybe into chronic dishonesty, or maybe we just tried to disappear into the background. Eventually these coping skills stopped working and we become desperate for the pain to stop. This is the perfect time a person can completely change their life and become who they were meant to be. THIS is the second chance!
We are not born with the skills to handle life or our emotions. If we did not have people surrounding us as we grew who knew these skills and could teach us, then we did whatever we could to get through the emotion or situation we were faced with. This continued and evolved over time-maybe it changed into substance use, maybe into chronic dishonesty, or maybe we just tried to disappear into the background. Eventually these coping skills stopped working and we become desperate for the pain to stop. This is the perfect time a person can completely change their life and become who they were meant to be. THIS is the second chance!
(859) 429-0718 View (859) 429-0718

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Number of Psychiatrists in London, KY

< 10

Psychiatrists in London, 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 London, 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 London?

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.