Psychiatrists in College Park, MD

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Nimel Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, PhD, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
Hello, we know that the Pandemic has been difficult for everyone! We are here to provide that needed support. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, excellent and compassionate services to all our clients regardless of age, gender, economic, racial or ethnic background. Our team believe in holistic and natural approach to achievement of an optimal health. As such, our clients are part of their treatment plan, and we collaborate to develop the best care for each client
Hello, we know that the Pandemic has been difficult for everyone! We are here to provide that needed support. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, excellent and compassionate services to all our clients regardless of age, gender, economic, racial or ethnic background. Our team believe in holistic and natural approach to achievement of an optimal health. As such, our clients are part of their treatment plan, and we collaborate to develop the best care for each client
(410) 989-4623 View (410) 989-4623
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(667) 382-8772 View (667) 382-8772
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(667) 201-6262 View (667) 201-6262
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Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
(667) 230-5951 View (667) 230-5951
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Dr. Renata Nkeze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, CRNP, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
I accept patients all over the State of MD. Appointments are virtual through Tele-health and in person for those in the Largo area. Dr. Renata Nkeze perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children, teenagers and adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various mental illness including ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, PTSD and much more. Dr. Nkeze is an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In the past, she has worked with Patients both in inpatient and in outpatient settings. Call us to schedule a virtual visit or request through our website.
I accept patients all over the State of MD. Appointments are virtual through Tele-health and in person for those in the Largo area. Dr. Renata Nkeze perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children, teenagers and adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various mental illness including ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, PTSD and much more. Dr. Nkeze is an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In the past, she has worked with Patients both in inpatient and in outpatient settings. Call us to schedule a virtual visit or request through our website.
(443) 292-9741 View (443) 292-9741
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cityworld family practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, CRNP-BC
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
Dr. Miranda Mbutambe is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner treating physical and mental illness in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Mbutambe's goal is to empower her patients and provide solutions to their problems. One of the most important obligations for Dr. Mbutambe as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to give hope to their patients. Dr Mbutambe has been providing care for patients across the lifespan and is experienced in dealing with various medical and mental health disorders. Services provided are thorough diagnostic evaluations, medication management, collaborative treatment
Dr. Miranda Mbutambe is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner treating physical and mental illness in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Mbutambe's goal is to empower her patients and provide solutions to their problems. One of the most important obligations for Dr. Mbutambe as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to give hope to their patients. Dr Mbutambe has been providing care for patients across the lifespan and is experienced in dealing with various medical and mental health disorders. Services provided are thorough diagnostic evaluations, medication management, collaborative treatment
(240) 716-6264 View (240) 716-6264
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The Fix Mental Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
The Fix Mental Wellness Center provides telehealth psychiatric services in Maryland, DC, and Florida, and treats a variety of mental health disorders via medication management. We are an inclusive practice, and welcome clients from all backgrounds and walks of life who are ready to take the next step toward bettering themselves. We will meet you where you are in your mental health journey, and help facilitate the change needed for you to live your best life.
The Fix Mental Wellness Center provides telehealth psychiatric services in Maryland, DC, and Florida, and treats a variety of mental health disorders via medication management. We are an inclusive practice, and welcome clients from all backgrounds and walks of life who are ready to take the next step toward bettering themselves. We will meet you where you are in your mental health journey, and help facilitate the change needed for you to live your best life.
(240) 713-6179 View (240) 713-6179
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Sandra Lake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
Dr. Sandra Lake is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with over 10 years in the healthcare industry. She has worked in different fields of healthcare, Intensive care, Medical-surgical, Mental health, telemetry, and obstetrics to name a few. She has both inpatient and outpatient experience. Dr. Lake is very compassionate, caring, listens, non-judgmental and treat everyone with dignity, empathy and respect. Dr. Lake focuses on the individual as a whole, and collaborates with other professionals that are involved in her patient's care to ensure optimal stability, thus promoting good quality of life.
Dr. Sandra Lake is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with over 10 years in the healthcare industry. She has worked in different fields of healthcare, Intensive care, Medical-surgical, Mental health, telemetry, and obstetrics to name a few. She has both inpatient and outpatient experience. Dr. Lake is very compassionate, caring, listens, non-judgmental and treat everyone with dignity, empathy and respect. Dr. Lake focuses on the individual as a whole, and collaborates with other professionals that are involved in her patient's care to ensure optimal stability, thus promoting good quality of life.
(240) 226-1091 View (240) 226-1091
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(667) 220-7169 View (667) 220-7169
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Jess Romeo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
To reach out, please visit my website at www.integramentalhealth.com. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical social worker who believes deeply that psychiatry should equal science plus soul. As a queer & trans person, I also know that it can be hard to find LGBTQIA-affirming care out there. My background informs a passion for helping you overcome shame, differentiate yourself from the environment around you, find and honor your true self, and navigate the middle path through struggle. If you are grappling with addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, or need affirming care, I am invested in helping you thrive.
To reach out, please visit my website at www.integramentalhealth.com. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical social worker who believes deeply that psychiatry should equal science plus soul. As a queer & trans person, I also know that it can be hard to find LGBTQIA-affirming care out there. My background informs a passion for helping you overcome shame, differentiate yourself from the environment around you, find and honor your true self, and navigate the middle path through struggle. If you are grappling with addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, or need affirming care, I am invested in helping you thrive.
(301) 215-2466 View (301) 215-2466
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(667) 244-8311 View (667) 244-8311
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Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
(667) 382-9495 View (667) 382-9495
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(667) 222-5648 View (667) 222-5648
BTA Medical Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740  (Online Only)
I care about your mental health and I offer convenient schedule to fit your needs. I am available to see patient via tele.
I care about your mental health and I offer convenient schedule to fit your needs. I am available to see patient via tele.
(410) 936-5891 View (410) 936-5891
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Kristi Muncie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740  (Online Only)
Kristi Muncie MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC ​ Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Licensed in Oregon, Maryland. Kristi Muncie is board-certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and also board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Kristi is compassionate, empathic and kind. She has dedicated decades of her life to helping others. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and then obtained both her master's degree and post-master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Kristi Muncie MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC ​ Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Licensed in Oregon, Maryland. Kristi Muncie is board-certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and also board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Kristi is compassionate, empathic and kind. She has dedicated decades of her life to helping others. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and then obtained both her master's degree and post-master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
(301) 450-5357 View (301) 450-5357
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Lydia Gugsa - Counseling On Call
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20742
Hi, I'm Lydia. I'm happy you found me! I am fully dedicated and attentive to each of my patients in helping them find the best medication regimen for them! I utilize my knowledge and expertise in the mental health field to provide individual-centered care for every patient I see. My experience includes depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and mental rehabilitation.
Hi, I'm Lydia. I'm happy you found me! I am fully dedicated and attentive to each of my patients in helping them find the best medication regimen for them! I utilize my knowledge and expertise in the mental health field to provide individual-centered care for every patient I see. My experience includes depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and mental rehabilitation.
(443) 888-2338 View (443) 888-2338
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Mimi Tyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20742
Mimi Tyson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Maryland and the District of Colombia. Mimi Tyson is accepting new clients for telehealth and in-person sessions. She can prescribe psychiatric medications and provide therapy. She strives to provide quality services to individuals struggling with mental health disorders. She has experience serving individuals with diverse psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance use disorders.
Mimi Tyson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Maryland and the District of Colombia. Mimi Tyson is accepting new clients for telehealth and in-person sessions. She can prescribe psychiatric medications and provide therapy. She strives to provide quality services to individuals struggling with mental health disorders. She has experience serving individuals with diverse psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance use disorders.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
Photo of Nicole Mehrazar, Physician Assistant in College Park, MD
Nicole Mehrazar
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
Accepting new patients! I have over six years of experience in providing care to the local community where finding mental health providers can be challenging.
Accepting new patients! I have over six years of experience in providing care to the local community where finding mental health providers can be challenging.
(240) 256-3797 View (240) 256-3797
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Lianna Bissell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740  (Online Only)
Hello! I work at Choice Clinical Services, located in Greenbelt. However, I can see patients remotely anywhere in MD. I work with patients of all ages and I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I have found that I really enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and adolescents. We will work as a team because ultimately, you know what will work best for you. Hope to hear from you! Please reach out via email or phone.
Hello! I work at Choice Clinical Services, located in Greenbelt. However, I can see patients remotely anywhere in MD. I work with patients of all ages and I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I have found that I really enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and adolescents. We will work as a team because ultimately, you know what will work best for you. Hope to hear from you! Please reach out via email or phone.
(240) 679-5994 View (240) 679-5994
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Berlinda Blanc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
My specialty is MEDICATION MANAGEMENT for the treatment of mood disorders like depression and bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and psychosis. I personally DO NOT offer therapy (but it is available at the practice). My motto is, meeting my clients where they are, but supporting them in getting to where they truly want to be! Life is challenging enough, finding a professional and personable clinician should not be. My goal is to assist you in achieving a more fulfilling life by successfully managing your mental health. I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience.
My specialty is MEDICATION MANAGEMENT for the treatment of mood disorders like depression and bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and psychosis. I personally DO NOT offer therapy (but it is available at the practice). My motto is, meeting my clients where they are, but supporting them in getting to where they truly want to be! Life is challenging enough, finding a professional and personable clinician should not be. My goal is to assist you in achieving a more fulfilling life by successfully managing your mental health. I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience.
(301) 517-6320 View (301) 517-6320

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in College Park, MD

20+

Average cost per session

$115

Psychiatrists in College Park, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
81% ADHD
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Medication Management
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Optum
88% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in College Park, MD see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
20% Male
4% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in College Park?

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.