Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, MD

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Photo of Temitope Adedapo, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Temitope Adedapo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
Temitope Adedapo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for patients. Providing care to both behavioral health and critical care patients in her career, she aims to provide consistent, compassionate, and competent care to her patient population. She works with patients across the lifespan who experience depression, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders and more.
Temitope Adedapo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for patients. Providing care to both behavioral health and critical care patients in her career, she aims to provide consistent, compassionate, and competent care to her patient population. She works with patients across the lifespan who experience depression, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders and more.
(301) 396-7626 View (301) 396-7626
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Mahsa Mousavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850  (Online Only)
Dr. Mousavi holds the position of attending psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is Board certified in adult psychiatry and has been practicing for over 6 years. Dr. Mousavi's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow up visits. Dr. Mousavi may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Mousavi holds the position of attending psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is Board certified in adult psychiatry and has been practicing for over 6 years. Dr. Mousavi's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow up visits. Dr. Mousavi may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(240) 734-3276 View (240) 734-3276
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Authentic Mental Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
At Authentic Mental Wellness, your mental health is our priority. Care is the cornerstone of our practice. You will be evaluated by professionals. Visit our website at www.authenticmentalwellness.com
At Authentic Mental Wellness, your mental health is our priority. Care is the cornerstone of our practice. You will be evaluated by professionals. Visit our website at www.authenticmentalwellness.com
(301) 327-2213 View (301) 327-2213
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Dr. Ola Adekola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Dr. Ola Adekola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is the owner of Divine Wellness & Psychiatric Services. As a certified Mental health care provider, her role includes a wide range of mental health services to patients across a life. She is experienced and competent to provide a full range of primary mental health services, including biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness. Treatment modalities include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
Dr. Ola Adekola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is the owner of Divine Wellness & Psychiatric Services. As a certified Mental health care provider, her role includes a wide range of mental health services to patients across a life. She is experienced and competent to provide a full range of primary mental health services, including biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness. Treatment modalities include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
(301) 640-5787 View (301) 640-5787
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Amar Mukhtar
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
My training and experience have taught me to approach mental healthcare from a holistic point of view. This includes mind, body, and spirit. I use evidence-based research to guide my practice, leaning on teachings from a biomedical, cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, and social perspective. I have experience working in integrated healthcare models and therefore enjoy working closely with therapists. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and therefore place a high value on multicultural understanding. I provide services in both English and Arabic.
My training and experience have taught me to approach mental healthcare from a holistic point of view. This includes mind, body, and spirit. I use evidence-based research to guide my practice, leaning on teachings from a biomedical, cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, and social perspective. I have experience working in integrated healthcare models and therefore enjoy working closely with therapists. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and therefore place a high value on multicultural understanding. I provide services in both English and Arabic.
(240) 873-1852 View (240) 873-1852
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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.
(240) 789-4357 View (240) 789-4357
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Insight Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, BSc
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20879  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a safe space where your mental health concerns are met with understanding, empathy, and personalized attention? Look no further than Insight Wellness Center. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to providing you with the highest standard of compassionate care tailored to your unique need. We believe in the power of personalized treatment plans that honor your individual journey to healing. We're here to walk alongside you every step of the way, offering encouragement, validation, and genuine compassion as you navigate the ups and downs of your mental health journey.
Are you seeking a safe space where your mental health concerns are met with understanding, empathy, and personalized attention? Look no further than Insight Wellness Center. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to providing you with the highest standard of compassionate care tailored to your unique need. We believe in the power of personalized treatment plans that honor your individual journey to healing. We're here to walk alongside you every step of the way, offering encouragement, validation, and genuine compassion as you navigate the ups and downs of your mental health journey.
(240) 887-1986 View (240) 887-1986
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Washington Ctr for Women's & Children's Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
You don't have to suffer alone anymore. We specialize in taking excellent care of women and children. Our focus is on the overall wellness of the person, not merely the individual symptoms or diagnoses. We listen to you and work with you to reach the life you deserve.
You don't have to suffer alone anymore. We specialize in taking excellent care of women and children. Our focus is on the overall wellness of the person, not merely the individual symptoms or diagnoses. We listen to you and work with you to reach the life you deserve.
(301) 679-7575 View (301) 679-7575
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Monica Meli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CNM
Verified Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852  (Online Only)
Call (301) 945-8735. Hi, I am triple board certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner and midwife. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, finding it hard to navigate relationships or setting boundaries, welcome! Have you had a recent life change or trauma? Have you experienced mood changes or new stressors? If you seek a listening ear, a mentor, or a helping hand, I would be delighted to be there for you in your time of need. Call today or send me an email!
Call (301) 945-8735. Hi, I am triple board certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner and midwife. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, finding it hard to navigate relationships or setting boundaries, welcome! Have you had a recent life change or trauma? Have you experienced mood changes or new stressors? If you seek a listening ear, a mentor, or a helping hand, I would be delighted to be there for you in your time of need. Call today or send me an email!
(301) 970-3408 View (301) 970-3408
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Kolossal Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877  (Online Only)
I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a deep passion for mental health wellness and a commitment to helping individuals achieve optimal well-being. I specialize in Anxiety disorders, Depression, Adjustment disorders Eating disorders, Mood disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in teens and adults.
I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a deep passion for mental health wellness and a commitment to helping individuals achieve optimal well-being. I specialize in Anxiety disorders, Depression, Adjustment disorders Eating disorders, Mood disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in teens and adults.
(443) 251-3050 View (443) 251-3050
Photo of Emem Ibanga, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emem Ibanga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
A healthy mental state is essential in every stage of life – from childhood, adolescent, to adulthood. Throughout a lifetime, an individual can experience mental health issue at any point. Not only can this impact their mood and behavior, but can change their way of thinking, looking at life, and facing challenges. As a Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner I specialize in treating patients with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and ADHD.
A healthy mental state is essential in every stage of life – from childhood, adolescent, to adulthood. Throughout a lifetime, an individual can experience mental health issue at any point. Not only can this impact their mood and behavior, but can change their way of thinking, looking at life, and facing challenges. As a Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner I specialize in treating patients with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and ADHD.
(410) 883-9514 View (410) 883-9514
Photo of Lydia Opara - Lynsene Care LLC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lynsene Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20874
I have been in the healthcare industry for over 15 years with a degree in psychiatric mental health. With my wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, I provide professional and effective care towards my patients wellbeing and functionality. My areas of specialty are Geriatric, Adult, and Children with mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, etc.
I have been in the healthcare industry for over 15 years with a degree in psychiatric mental health. With my wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, I provide professional and effective care towards my patients wellbeing and functionality. My areas of specialty are Geriatric, Adult, and Children with mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, etc.
(240) 693-3896 View (240) 693-3896
Photo of Amoah Asante, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
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.
(240) 339-2043 View (240) 339-2043
Photo of Claudia Gierent, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Claudia Gierent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
I'm a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-family certified. I have been practicing since 2012. I see an array of patients with various mental illnesses, including dual diagnosis across the lifespan. Originally from Ghana- I've been living in the US since 2001 and obtained all my higher education here. Graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County withe a degree in Psychology, then went to Johns Hopkins University to obtain a degree in nursing. Later graduated with my masters from University of Maryland, Baltimore. I have my doctorate from Walden University.
I'm a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-family certified. I have been practicing since 2012. I see an array of patients with various mental illnesses, including dual diagnosis across the lifespan. Originally from Ghana- I've been living in the US since 2001 and obtained all my higher education here. Graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County withe a degree in Psychology, then went to Johns Hopkins University to obtain a degree in nursing. Later graduated with my masters from University of Maryland, Baltimore. I have my doctorate from Walden University.
(240) 696-4068 View (240) 696-4068
Photo of Mercy Awokunle, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mercy Awokunle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814
My name is Mercy and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have an extensive background in the healthcare field. I am knowledgeable in helping clients that are struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment issues, and ADHD. In my practice, I am guided by the core values of integrity, trust, transparency, professionalism, and service. I understand the importance of attentive listening and believe that the provision of quality and therapeutic care is essential to improve each individual's quality of life. I am available to provide services in both English and Yoruba.
My name is Mercy and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have an extensive background in the healthcare field. I am knowledgeable in helping clients that are struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment issues, and ADHD. In my practice, I am guided by the core values of integrity, trust, transparency, professionalism, and service. I understand the importance of attentive listening and believe that the provision of quality and therapeutic care is essential to improve each individual's quality of life. I am available to provide services in both English and Yoruba.
(240) 219-5813 View (240) 219-5813
Photo of Candice Feliz Powell, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Candice Feliz Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901  (Online Only)
Seeing clients in Maryland. Candice Powell is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She acquired her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland. She completed her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Norwich University Northfield, VT United States. She also has a master's in nursing education from Western Governors University. She has over 18 years of nursing experience. She has a passion for working with those who suffer from mental health disorders and truly believes that your mental health illness does not define you.
Seeing clients in Maryland. Candice Powell is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She acquired her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland. She completed her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Norwich University Northfield, VT United States. She also has a master's in nursing education from Western Governors University. She has over 18 years of nursing experience. She has a passion for working with those who suffer from mental health disorders and truly believes that your mental health illness does not define you.
(813) 518-8253 View (813) 518-8253
Photo of Tonisha Melvin - DMV Medical Group, LLC, CRNP, CRRN, ANP-C, PMHNPBC, RYT-200, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
DMV Medical Group, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, CRRN, ANP-C, PMHNPBC, RYT-200
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kensington, MD 20895
Dr. Tonisha Melvin is the President and Co-CEO of DMV Medical Group, LLC located in Kensington, MD. She is an advocate for her clients. Her goal is to provide a safe space working with, encouraging, and supporting you so that you reach your optimal mental health goals. She provides healing and hope in a holistic way while utilizing evidence-based strategies along the way.
Dr. Tonisha Melvin is the President and Co-CEO of DMV Medical Group, LLC located in Kensington, MD. She is an advocate for her clients. Her goal is to provide a safe space working with, encouraging, and supporting you so that you reach your optimal mental health goals. She provides healing and hope in a holistic way while utilizing evidence-based strategies along the way.
(240) 929-1578 View (240) 929-1578
CareMind Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PA-C, LCSW-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
We are a nationwide, behavioral health practice with a focus on your mental health and well-being. We have a highly skilled team of Physicians, Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. If you are struggling to maintain your mental health, we are here to help! We offer evaluations, individual psychotherapy, and medication management to create a comprehensive care plan that’s right for you..
We are a nationwide, behavioral health practice with a focus on your mental health and well-being. We have a highly skilled team of Physicians, Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. If you are struggling to maintain your mental health, we are here to help! We offer evaluations, individual psychotherapy, and medication management to create a comprehensive care plan that’s right for you..
(240) 292-1760 View (240) 292-1760
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
(301) 750-2744 View (301) 750-2744
Photo of Anita David - AD Focus Wellness, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
AD Focus Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20904  (Online Only)
At Focus Wellness we believe every individual is unique, special and deserves kind compassionate and personalized care. Situations, moments, or sometimes just nothing could make us feel anxious, depressed, fearful, angry, uncomfortable with mixed emotions.
At Focus Wellness we believe every individual is unique, special and deserves kind compassionate and personalized care. Situations, moments, or sometimes just nothing could make us feel anxious, depressed, fearful, angry, uncomfortable with mixed emotions.
(301) 901-8646 View (301) 901-8646

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, MD

500+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, MD who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
76% ADHD
76% Bipolar Disorder
68% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
81% Aetna
76% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, MD see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
25% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montgomery County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.