Psychiatrists in Pineville, LA

Photo of Wakanda Mason - A Healthy Mind Mental Health Services, LLC, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A Healthy Mind Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pineville, LA 71360  (Online Only)
Hi my name is Wakanda. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I am excited you have taken the first step to fostering a “A Healthy Mind.”
Hi my name is Wakanda. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I am excited you have taken the first step to fostering a “A Healthy Mind.”
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Photo of Anissa Womack - Stress Management Specialist, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stress Management Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71303  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with overwhelming emotions and/or difficulty concentrating on tasks at school or work? Have you been skipping out on gatherings or avoiding loved ones due to lack of interest in doing things? Maybe you feel like you've let down your family or that you're becoming a burden to them. You're unable to quiet your mind and fall sleep. You toss and turn all night, then you get up in the morning feeling exhausted and frustrated all over again. This daily battle with depression and anxiety can leave you feeling isolated, guilty, and overwhelmed. If this sounds like you, know that you ARE NOT alone!
Are you struggling with overwhelming emotions and/or difficulty concentrating on tasks at school or work? Have you been skipping out on gatherings or avoiding loved ones due to lack of interest in doing things? Maybe you feel like you've let down your family or that you're becoming a burden to them. You're unable to quiet your mind and fall sleep. You toss and turn all night, then you get up in the morning feeling exhausted and frustrated all over again. This daily battle with depression and anxiety can leave you feeling isolated, guilty, and overwhelmed. If this sounds like you, know that you ARE NOT alone!
(225) 396-4676 View (225) 396-4676
Photo of LaTosha Williams - Clear Path To Wellness, LLC, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Clear Path To Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71302  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Clear Path To Wellness, LLC offers telehealth services. I am a board certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am trained in all ages and stages of life. While residing in a smaller town currently; I have experienced metropolitan life growing up. My specialties are trauma, ineffective coping, anxiety, complicated grief, and depression.
Clear Path To Wellness, LLC offers telehealth services. I am a board certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am trained in all ages and stages of life. While residing in a smaller town currently; I have experienced metropolitan life growing up. My specialties are trauma, ineffective coping, anxiety, complicated grief, and depression.
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Tori Richard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
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
Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
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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Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Laura Bates, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laura Bates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Farmerville, LA 71241
I believe in a holistic, individualized approach to mental health treatment. There are no cookie-cutter boxes when it comes to psychiatric diagnoses or treatment plans. I take the time to listen to my patients, so that I am assessing the right problems that are important to them. I believe that it is crucial for the patient and mental healthcare provider to develop trust and healthy communication. The patient can achieve the best results for themselves when they are adequately educated and included in the treatment options.
I believe in a holistic, individualized approach to mental health treatment. There are no cookie-cutter boxes when it comes to psychiatric diagnoses or treatment plans. I take the time to listen to my patients, so that I am assessing the right problems that are important to them. I believe that it is crucial for the patient and mental healthcare provider to develop trust and healthy communication. The patient can achieve the best results for themselves when they are adequately educated and included in the treatment options.
(318) 225-7130 View (318) 225-7130
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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.
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Florence C 'crissi' Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Monroe, LA 71201
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
Photo of Morgan Plaisance, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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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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Ellen Grappe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70805  (Online Only)
Ellen is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Ellen began her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, receiving a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. During this time, she contributed to research on schizophrenia, treatment-resistant depression, and the effect of adverse childhood experiences on mental health. She completed her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
Ellen is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Ellen began her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, receiving a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. During this time, she contributed to research on schizophrenia, treatment-resistant depression, and the effect of adverse childhood experiences on mental health. She completed her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
(318) 386-3892 View (318) 386-3892
Photo of Addie Snyder, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Addie Snyder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carencro, LA 70520
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
Photo of Laura Kight, PMHNP, BC, MBA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laura Kight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MBA
Verified Verified
32 Endorsed
Lafayette, LA 70506
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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
Photo of Katie Porche, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katie Porche
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Youngsville, LA 70592
For over 25 years, I've cared for people of all ages impacted by traumatic life experiences. I strive to meet mental and behavioral health needs of the patients and families of Acadiana as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. For your convenience, I have offices in Youngsville, LA and Loreauville, LA.
For over 25 years, I've cared for people of all ages impacted by traumatic life experiences. I strive to meet mental and behavioral health needs of the patients and families of Acadiana as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. For your convenience, I have offices in Youngsville, LA and Loreauville, LA.
(337) 222-3720 View (337) 222-3720
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Ashley Albarado
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70508
I am board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and General (Adult) Psychiatry. I am a medical doctor (MD) and my specialty is medication management of psychiatric disorders. I work closely with counselors, therapists, psychologists and other mental health providers.
I am board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and General (Adult) Psychiatry. I am a medical doctor (MD) and my specialty is medication management of psychiatric disorders. I work closely with counselors, therapists, psychologists and other mental health providers.
(337) 294-0175 View (337) 294-0175
Photo of Dr. Willa Rose Shields, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Willa Rose Shields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Zachary, LA 70791  (Online Only)
Dr. Shields is a trusted culturally diverse, holistic care visionary, public speaker, life coach, telehealth access consultant and behavioral health provider. She is highly regarded for her integrative behavioral health care expertise. Her care provided is based on underpinnings of psychiatric illness or disease. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, ADHD and mood disorders are just a few of the concerns that are addressed. Your healing and wellness is paramount in the process of care.
Dr. Shields is a trusted culturally diverse, holistic care visionary, public speaker, life coach, telehealth access consultant and behavioral health provider. She is highly regarded for her integrative behavioral health care expertise. Her care provided is based on underpinnings of psychiatric illness or disease. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, ADHD and mood disorders are just a few of the concerns that are addressed. Your healing and wellness is paramount in the process of care.
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Eric Spencer Rachal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601
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, veterans, veterinarians, dentists, financial planners, police officers, electricians, entrepreneurs, lawyers, farmers, construction workers, ministers, school teachers , 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, veterans, veterinarians, dentists, financial planners, police officers, electricians, entrepreneurs, lawyers, farmers, construction workers, ministers, school teachers , 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
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Alison D Mitchell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Zachary, LA 70791
Patients come to my practice for help with their daily mental health issues. They have reached the point of dysfunction and dissatisfaction with their ability to successfully and happily go through life. At times this may mean medication is indicated for treatment and other times breakthroughs can happen with in office psychotherapy. Together we work as a team to assess and work towards your daily, weekly, and life goals.
Patients come to my practice for help with their daily mental health issues. They have reached the point of dysfunction and dissatisfaction with their ability to successfully and happily go through life. At times this may mean medication is indicated for treatment and other times breakthroughs can happen with in office psychotherapy. Together we work as a team to assess and work towards your daily, weekly, and life goals.
(225) 209-9351 View (225) 209-9351
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LATONYA Woods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601
I am dedicated to establishing a trusting, therapeutic client-provider relationship and developing safe, effective evidence-based treatment plans that align with a client’s personal goals.
I am dedicated to establishing a trusting, therapeutic client-provider relationship and developing safe, effective evidence-based treatment plans that align with a client’s personal goals.
(337) 473-2280 View (337) 473-2280
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Wronetta Charles
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
64 Endorsed
Sunset, LA 70584
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am highly motivated and passionate about delivering high quality mental health care. I collaborate with a psychiatrist and a variety of other healthcare professionals to ensure the best possible treatment for my clients. My office is located at 1119 Prudhomme Circle, Suite B, in Opelousas, LA. I look forward to working with you. You may reach me at the office at 337-678-0366 or via fax at 337-223-8301. Email: wcharles@mindandbodyconnections.org
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am highly motivated and passionate about delivering high quality mental health care. I collaborate with a psychiatrist and a variety of other healthcare professionals to ensure the best possible treatment for my clients. My office is located at 1119 Prudhomme Circle, Suite B, in Opelousas, LA. I look forward to working with you. You may reach me at the office at 337-678-0366 or via fax at 337-223-8301. Email: wcharles@mindandbodyconnections.org
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Number of Psychiatrists in Pineville, LA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pineville, LA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Pineville, LA see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pineville?

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.