Psychiatrists in Broussard, LA

Photo of Natalie Blanchard, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Natalie Blanchard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Broussard, LA 70518
Your mental health matters. I am here to assist you in reaching your goals for emotional well-being.
Your mental health matters. I am here to assist you in reaching your goals for emotional well-being.
(337) 374-2060 View (337) 374-2060
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Sean M Thibodeaux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broussard, LA 70518
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in medication management. Just as we should take care of our physical and medical health, mental health should also be treated as such. Mental health issues may not go away on their own. Sometimes the help of a mental health professional can get you where you want to be to enjoy life.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in medication management. Just as we should take care of our physical and medical health, mental health should also be treated as such. Mental health issues may not go away on their own. Sometimes the help of a mental health professional can get you where you want to be to enjoy life.
(337) 473-2334 View (337) 473-2334
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Robert Allen Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MBA
Verified Verified
Broussard, LA 70518
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and specialize in medication management of psychiatric disorders. I am currently accepting new adult patients in Lafayette and telehealth throughout Louisiana. I believe in individualized treatment for all patients and will work with you and your other providers to ensure the proper plan is established.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and specialize in medication management of psychiatric disorders. I am currently accepting new adult patients in Lafayette and telehealth throughout Louisiana. I believe in individualized treatment for all patients and will work with you and your other providers to ensure the proper plan is established.
(337) 247-7282 View (337) 247-7282

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Laura Kight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MBA
Verified Verified
32 Endorsed
Lafayette, LA 70508
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 Fast Appointments for Suboxone in 1 or 2 days: Just ASK! Are you ready for a better life? Addiction is Tough but Recovery is Possible! Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), such as Suboxone and Sublocade, are proven options for the treatment of opioid addiction. In-person or remote (online) visits. We treat Pain Pill Addiction and Opioid Addiction.
(337) 455-7847 View (337) 455-7847
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70501
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Eric Spencer Rachal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70505
I help treat clients from the ages of 18 and older to meet their mental health goals. I am a mental health advocate for healthcare professionals, emergency responders, veterinarians, dentists, financial planners, police officers, electricians, entrepreneurs, lawyers, farmers, construction workers, ministers, and other professionals to receive the mental healthcare that they need and deserve. I provide treatment for anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia , and other mental health disorders.
I help treat clients from the ages of 18 and older to meet their mental health goals. I am a mental health advocate for healthcare professionals, emergency responders, veterinarians, dentists, financial planners, police officers, electricians, entrepreneurs, lawyers, farmers, construction workers, ministers, and other professionals to receive the mental healthcare that they need and deserve. I provide treatment for anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia , and other mental health disorders.
(337) 545-2214 View (337) 545-2214
Stephanie C Badon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Youngsville, LA 70592
Caring for patients over the lifespan for over 25 years has given me experience in providing mental health care that is individualized to each person's needs. Collaborating with therapists and other mental and medical health care providers is an important part of the patient's treatment plan as needed. Patients can be seen in offices located in Youngsville and Loreauville.
Caring for patients over the lifespan for over 25 years has given me experience in providing mental health care that is individualized to each person's needs. Collaborating with therapists and other mental and medical health care providers is an important part of the patient's treatment plan as needed. Patients can be seen in offices located in Youngsville and Loreauville.
(337) 428-3797 View (337) 428-3797
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Jeremy Sanders Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lafayette, LA 70501
Dr. Jeremy Sanders, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner licensed by the State of Louisiana to provide patient centered mental health services to patients ages 21 and older. Jeremy's combination of clinical education and experience provides a strong foundation for meeting the complex behavioral health needs. He has been an asset to the community in the southern Louisiana area. He believes in building a trusting relationship with patients.
Dr. Jeremy Sanders, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner licensed by the State of Louisiana to provide patient centered mental health services to patients ages 21 and older. Jeremy's combination of clinical education and experience provides a strong foundation for meeting the complex behavioral health needs. He has been an asset to the community in the southern Louisiana area. He believes in building a trusting relationship with patients.
(337) 221-9361 View (337) 221-9361
Photo of Addie Snyder, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Addie Snyder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lafayette, LA 70503
Willow Mental Wellness & Recovery offers outpatient mental health services treating psychiatric disorders, such as, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Substance abuse disorders. We have licensed psychiatric nurse practitioners who offer medication management. Most private insurances accepted. Opioid addiction treatment and Suboxone treatment offered. Now offering in-house Spravato Treatment.
Willow Mental Wellness & Recovery offers outpatient mental health services treating psychiatric disorders, such as, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Substance abuse disorders. We have licensed psychiatric nurse practitioners who offer medication management. Most private insurances accepted. Opioid addiction treatment and Suboxone treatment offered. Now offering in-house Spravato Treatment.
(337) 329-8319 View (337) 329-8319
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Alyssa LaBiche deClouet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70506
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and specialize in medication management of psychiatric disorders. I treat patients of all ages and am currently accepting new patients at two locations in Lafayette and New Iberia. I treat a variety of disorders with a special interest in anxiety and mood disorders. I work closely with therapists, psychologists, and other mental health care providers to provide you with an individualized treatment plan.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and specialize in medication management of psychiatric disorders. I treat patients of all ages and am currently accepting new patients at two locations in Lafayette and New Iberia. I treat a variety of disorders with a special interest in anxiety and mood disorders. I work closely with therapists, psychologists, and other mental health care providers to provide you with an individualized treatment plan.
(337) 374-1952 View (337) 374-1952
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Eurica Rena Gaston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70503  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is rewarding to assist my clients with their healthcare needs. My clients and I, along with their families, work together as a team. We have developed a level of trust and respect for one another. An atmosphere of trust and respect allows the client to be open to discussion and have a feeling of empowerment in making healthcare decisions. My role as a psychiatric mental nurse practitioner is to offer my clients the knowledge needed to make the best decisions for their healthcare. When we work together, we learn from each other and have positive changes in our lives.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is rewarding to assist my clients with their healthcare needs. My clients and I, along with their families, work together as a team. We have developed a level of trust and respect for one another. An atmosphere of trust and respect allows the client to be open to discussion and have a feeling of empowerment in making healthcare decisions. My role as a psychiatric mental nurse practitioner is to offer my clients the knowledge needed to make the best decisions for their healthcare. When we work together, we learn from each other and have positive changes in our lives.
(225) 777-6658 View (225) 777-6658
Photo of Kayontae Williams, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kayontae Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70501  (Online Only)
Are you trying to find solace in your life? Are you feeling stressed, anxious, depressed? Are you having issues with day-to-day functioning? I aim to help you help yourself. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will work with you collaboratively to assist with managing and improving your quality of life. I specialize in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. My services include evaluating, diagnosing, and treating tailored to the individual as a whole, including medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is to provide individualized, holistic, high-quality care tailored to you, driven with care and compassion.
Are you trying to find solace in your life? Are you feeling stressed, anxious, depressed? Are you having issues with day-to-day functioning? I aim to help you help yourself. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will work with you collaboratively to assist with managing and improving your quality of life. I specialize in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. My services include evaluating, diagnosing, and treating tailored to the individual as a whole, including medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is to provide individualized, holistic, high-quality care tailored to you, driven with care and compassion.
(225) 351-1506 View (225) 351-1506
Photo of Ashley Hutchins, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Hutchins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lafayette, LA 70508
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about helping others achieve mental wellbeing. Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, I feel a deep connection to our community and find joy in providing psychiatric services to those in need. My practice is located at Bloom Mental Wellness in Lafayette, LA where I provide services for children, adolescents, and adults with mental health issues. I aim to provide compassionate care and value integrity, respect, and self-determination to help clients improve their health and reach their goals.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about helping others achieve mental wellbeing. Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, I feel a deep connection to our community and find joy in providing psychiatric services to those in need. My practice is located at Bloom Mental Wellness in Lafayette, LA where I provide services for children, adolescents, and adults with mental health issues. I aim to provide compassionate care and value integrity, respect, and self-determination to help clients improve their health and reach their goals.
(337) 454-5945 View (337) 454-5945
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Morgan Plaisance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70508
I am a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I have 5+ years of experience of providing care to patients. I am dedicated to helping patients achieve their personal goals for treatment. My goal to is to help patients achieve their highest level of functioning and well-being by focusing on managing symptoms associated with mental health through medication management. Providing care in a timely manner is a priority and new patients can be seen in 1 to 2 weeks.
I am a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I have 5+ years of experience of providing care to patients. I am dedicated to helping patients achieve their personal goals for treatment. My goal to is to help patients achieve their highest level of functioning and well-being by focusing on managing symptoms associated with mental health through medication management. Providing care in a timely manner is a priority and new patients can be seen in 1 to 2 weeks.
(337) 329-8511 View (337) 329-8511
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Florence C 'crissi' Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70501
My name is Crissi Brooks, and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have worked with people of all ages from many different backgrounds. I offer evaluation, diagnosis, and treatments including medications for many different mental health issues including trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. My compassionate approach embraces the diversity of mental health experiences by offering a supportive environment where my patients can find new avenues of growth and healing. My goal is to foster transformative changes that ripple through individuals, families, and communities, resulting in collective healing.
My name is Crissi Brooks, and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have worked with people of all ages from many different backgrounds. I offer evaluation, diagnosis, and treatments including medications for many different mental health issues including trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. My compassionate approach embraces the diversity of mental health experiences by offering a supportive environment where my patients can find new avenues of growth and healing. My goal is to foster transformative changes that ripple through individuals, families, and communities, resulting in collective healing.
(318) 749-6820 View (318) 749-6820
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Sreelatha Pulakhandam
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70506
Twelve-Step programs are sometimes critical of medication-assisted treatment, discouraging members by saying they are not really sober if they are taking prescription drugs for their dependency. Despite the evidence that medication-assisted treatment help patients with chemical dependency, using drugs carries a stigma. Many Professional scoff at medication-assisted treatment, dismissing it as a temporary fix or taking the easy way out. This is so disheartening to those that it has helped stay sober. Rather, the physician will coordinate the use of medication with other facets of care to ensure that it is used effectively.
Twelve-Step programs are sometimes critical of medication-assisted treatment, discouraging members by saying they are not really sober if they are taking prescription drugs for their dependency. Despite the evidence that medication-assisted treatment help patients with chemical dependency, using drugs carries a stigma. Many Professional scoff at medication-assisted treatment, dismissing it as a temporary fix or taking the easy way out. This is so disheartening to those that it has helped stay sober. Rather, the physician will coordinate the use of medication with other facets of care to ensure that it is used effectively.
(225) 238-1378 View (225) 238-1378
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Tori Richard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70508
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Tori Richard and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management and support for a variety of emotional and psychiatric illnesses. I believe that every individual deserves timely access to health care- new patients can typically be seen within 1 to 2 weeks! My goal is to provide high quality mental health care in a stigma free environment, while helping my patients become the best version of themselves and overall improving their quality of life!
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Tori Richard and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management and support for a variety of emotional and psychiatric illnesses. I believe that every individual deserves timely access to health care- new patients can typically be seen within 1 to 2 weeks! My goal is to provide high quality mental health care in a stigma free environment, while helping my patients become the best version of themselves and overall improving their quality of life!
(337) 492-0961 View (337) 492-0961
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Paige Skinner deClouet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70508
I am Board Certified Family Practice and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am a graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. I have 10+ years of direct patient care experience.
I am Board Certified Family Practice and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am a graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. I have 10+ years of direct patient care experience.
(337) 294-0172 View (337) 294-0172
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Royal Health & Wellness Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70508
My name is Helen Ajala. I am a doctoral-prepared Board Certified Family Practice and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a graduate of the Loyola University of New Orleans and Frontier Nursing University, Versailles Kentucky, I have over 35 years of experience in healthcare. I treat patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. My philosophy is an all-inclusive patient-centered approach. Our team of dedicated professionals provides fully integrated primary care and behavioral health services for children and adults.
My name is Helen Ajala. I am a doctoral-prepared Board Certified Family Practice and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a graduate of the Loyola University of New Orleans and Frontier Nursing University, Versailles Kentucky, I have over 35 years of experience in healthcare. I treat patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. My philosophy is an all-inclusive patient-centered approach. Our team of dedicated professionals provides fully integrated primary care and behavioral health services for children and adults.
(337) 202-2513 View (337) 202-2513
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Bryant Dronette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, MBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lafayette, LA 70508
I am Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner. I am a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. I have 20+ years of patient care experience and with my extensive training and experience, I can close the gap between medical and psychiatric care, treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. My humanistic holistic approach to care for both mind and body, allows me to give individualized, personalized, comprehensive care for my patients.
I am Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner. I am a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. I have 20+ years of patient care experience and with my extensive training and experience, I can close the gap between medical and psychiatric care, treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. My humanistic holistic approach to care for both mind and body, allows me to give individualized, personalized, comprehensive care for my patients.
(337) 340-9701 View (337) 340-9701

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Number of Psychiatrists in Broussard, LA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Broussard, LA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
67% Grief
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Broussard, LA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Broussard?

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.