Psychiatrists in North Bethesda, MD

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Michelle Bradshaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Michelle Bradshaw is a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive knowledge and background in mental health, with over a decade of experience in the field of psychiatry, both inpatient and outpatient levels. She works effectively with patients of all ages and across the mental health spectrum.  Her treatment approach is patient-centered and is tailored toward meeting the specific needs of the patients. Her greatest passion is integrating best practices to address contemporary mental health challenges.
Michelle Bradshaw is a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive knowledge and background in mental health, with over a decade of experience in the field of psychiatry, both inpatient and outpatient levels. She works effectively with patients of all ages and across the mental health spectrum.  Her treatment approach is patient-centered and is tailored toward meeting the specific needs of the patients. Her greatest passion is integrating best practices to address contemporary mental health challenges.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Rivka Ben-Dor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
I provide personalized treatment for both women and men seeking comprehensive psychiatric care. Problems can often feel overwhelming. Together we will work to identify the problem and the solutions in a safe and confidential atmosphere. If you are feeling anxious, down, or are having trouble concentrating I will work with you to attain a better quality of life. If you already have a therapist, I will communicate regularly with your therapist to provide personalized and effective care.
I provide personalized treatment for both women and men seeking comprehensive psychiatric care. Problems can often feel overwhelming. Together we will work to identify the problem and the solutions in a safe and confidential atmosphere. If you are feeling anxious, down, or are having trouble concentrating I will work with you to attain a better quality of life. If you already have a therapist, I will communicate regularly with your therapist to provide personalized and effective care.
(240) 986-3067 View (240) 986-3067
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Dr. Gregory Barber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Whether you’re experiencing symptoms like depression or anxiety, attempting to make sense of past challenges or traumas, going through relationship difficulties or a major life transition, our work together can help you understand yourself better and feel empowered to cope. With a combination of psychotherapy and, when needed, medications, I will work collaboratively with you to come up with the best plan for navigating whatever challenges you might be experiencing in your life.
Whether you’re experiencing symptoms like depression or anxiety, attempting to make sense of past challenges or traumas, going through relationship difficulties or a major life transition, our work together can help you understand yourself better and feel empowered to cope. With a combination of psychotherapy and, when needed, medications, I will work collaboratively with you to come up with the best plan for navigating whatever challenges you might be experiencing in your life.
(301) 381-2841 View (301) 381-2841
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Monica Meli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CNM
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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Amir Etesam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Currently We are Only Accepting Patients with Moderate to Severe Major Depressive Disorder Dr. Amir Etesam, MD, is a Johns Hopkins-trained Psychiatrist at Bright Horizons Psychiatry in North Bethesda, Maryland and currently accepts new patients who are suffering from Depression. He is a member of the well-respected Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the only medical honor society in the world. Dr. Etesam is a National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) certified TMS provider. His particular interests include complex psychopharmacology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Intranasal Ketamine Esketamine (Spravato) treatment for T
Currently We are Only Accepting Patients with Moderate to Severe Major Depressive Disorder Dr. Amir Etesam, MD, is a Johns Hopkins-trained Psychiatrist at Bright Horizons Psychiatry in North Bethesda, Maryland and currently accepts new patients who are suffering from Depression. He is a member of the well-respected Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the only medical honor society in the world. Dr. Etesam is a National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) certified TMS provider. His particular interests include complex psychopharmacology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Intranasal Ketamine Esketamine (Spravato) treatment for T
(301) 804-1184 View (301) 804-1184
Mark Rosse
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Dr. Rosse, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
Dr. Rosse, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
(301) 417-5935 View (301) 417-5935
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Mimi Jimenez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMH
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Mimi Jimenez is a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who uses various treatments, including psychiatric evaluations, psychosocial interventions, and medication management. Her specialty is devoted to diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders.
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Mimi Jimenez is a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who uses various treatments, including psychiatric evaluations, psychosocial interventions, and medication management. Her specialty is devoted to diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Clear Minds Family and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, - BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Result and data driven, Clear Minds Family and mental Health providers use evidenced- based practice to optimize care and preserve patient safety. We provide initial psychiatric evaluations and follow ups for patients 18 years old and up. Our attention is focused on actively listening to ours patients and proactively design, manage the treatments plans. Anxieties, ADHD, Depression, Bi-polar, insomnia & Schizophrenia are often seen. We prescribe and administer long acting injectables, offer therapy and health education all tailored to achieve mental, emotional and behavioral well-being and help with clarity and optimal productivity.
Result and data driven, Clear Minds Family and mental Health providers use evidenced- based practice to optimize care and preserve patient safety. We provide initial psychiatric evaluations and follow ups for patients 18 years old and up. Our attention is focused on actively listening to ours patients and proactively design, manage the treatments plans. Anxieties, ADHD, Depression, Bi-polar, insomnia & Schizophrenia are often seen. We prescribe and administer long acting injectables, offer therapy and health education all tailored to achieve mental, emotional and behavioral well-being and help with clarity and optimal productivity.
(240) 719-5709 x102 View (240) 719-5709 x102
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Valerie T. Relacion
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
As a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider (CIPP), I am excited to work with patients who are interested in exploring alternative treatment options to achieve wellness and those interested in a combination of traditional and integrative approaches.
As a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider (CIPP), I am excited to work with patients who are interested in exploring alternative treatment options to achieve wellness and those interested in a combination of traditional and integrative approaches.
(301) 962-2634 View (301) 962-2634
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Sara Singh
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Dr. Singh, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider and use evidence-based latest techniques to treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
Dr. Singh, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider and use evidence-based latest techniques to treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
(301) 678-1073 View (301) 678-1073
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Dr. Apurva Makadiya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
At Medpsych Health Services, our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
At Medpsych Health Services, our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
(301) 678-1192 View (301) 678-1192
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Bashkim Kadriu
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
I received my board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). I completed my Psychiatry Residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda. My treatment approach is individual-centered, uniquely and collaboratively created with the client via a thorough understanding of life experience, symptoms, needs, and goals. It aims to improve individual mental health and overall sense of well-being. Complex mind & brain requires integrated multi-modal approach and thorough clinical expertise to ensure the best care is provided.
I received my board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). I completed my Psychiatry Residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda. My treatment approach is individual-centered, uniquely and collaboratively created with the client via a thorough understanding of life experience, symptoms, needs, and goals. It aims to improve individual mental health and overall sense of well-being. Complex mind & brain requires integrated multi-modal approach and thorough clinical expertise to ensure the best care is provided.
(240) 507-5579 View (240) 507-5579
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
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
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Dr. Angela Sagar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
I am a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. I specialize in helping children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety. For these children, anxiety may make managing life in and out of school a challenge: from speaking in class and forging new friendships, to worrying excessively about their grades and the future. With therapy and (where appropriate) medication, it is possible to help your child better manage and understand their anxiety.
I am a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. I specialize in helping children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety. For these children, anxiety may make managing life in and out of school a challenge: from speaking in class and forging new friendships, to worrying excessively about their grades and the future. With therapy and (where appropriate) medication, it is possible to help your child better manage and understand their anxiety.
(301) 381-3233 View (301) 381-3233

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Everbloom Psychiatric and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP , PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20852
Everbloom Providers specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric illnesses such as Anxiety,Depression,Bipolar Disorder, ADHD,OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder etc
Everbloom Providers specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric illnesses such as Anxiety,Depression,Bipolar Disorder, ADHD,OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder etc
(301) 381-5680 View (301) 381-5680
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Ella Hong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bethesda, MD 20817
Hello! I am a board-certified, NIMH fellowship-trained psychiatrist with a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to treatment. I invite a dynamic and engaged process with patients to help me understand them.
Hello! I am a board-certified, NIMH fellowship-trained psychiatrist with a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to treatment. I invite a dynamic and engaged process with patients to help me understand them.
(202) 839-8055 View (202) 839-8055
Photo of Debra Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Bethesda, MD
Debra Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC, MSN, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20852
Hello, my name is Debra, I promote client openness to communicate their needs without judgment. Give feedback as to what their goals are and how we can work together and achieve them. I collaborate with others when needed to provide the service and care they want. My treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practices that focus on the mind-body connection.
Hello, my name is Debra, I promote client openness to communicate their needs without judgment. Give feedback as to what their goals are and how we can work together and achieve them. I collaborate with others when needed to provide the service and care they want. My treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practices that focus on the mind-body connection.
(240) 589-5507 View (240) 589-5507
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Michele K Bradshaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20852  (Online Only)
An ideal client for a psychiatric practice involves considering a range of factors that make the therapeutic process rewarding for both the client and the practitioner. My ideal client is someone who, despite facing mental health challenges, is motivated to seek help and engage actively in the treatment process. Their issues, needs, and goals can vary widely, reflecting the diverse nature of mental health. My ideal client is not defined by their willingness to seek help but by their commitment to actively participating in the therapeutic process, setting realistic goals, and working collaboratively with me.
An ideal client for a psychiatric practice involves considering a range of factors that make the therapeutic process rewarding for both the client and the practitioner. My ideal client is someone who, despite facing mental health challenges, is motivated to seek help and engage actively in the treatment process. Their issues, needs, and goals can vary widely, reflecting the diverse nature of mental health. My ideal client is not defined by their willingness to seek help but by their commitment to actively participating in the therapeutic process, setting realistic goals, and working collaboratively with me.
(301) 690-8561 View (301) 690-8561
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Germaine Kelley-Pope
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
Accepting New Patients. Currently offering telehealth services in VA, MD, DC. It can be overwhelming and difficult to ask for help, but doing so is a crucial first step in embracing your mental health. By seeking professional help, you will be able to understand and control your symptoms as well as be open and honest about your mental health with loved ones and companions. I work to ensure that you receive treatment and learn new coping skills in order to enhance your quality of life.
Accepting New Patients. Currently offering telehealth services in VA, MD, DC. It can be overwhelming and difficult to ask for help, but doing so is a crucial first step in embracing your mental health. By seeking professional help, you will be able to understand and control your symptoms as well as be open and honest about your mental health with loved ones and companions. I work to ensure that you receive treatment and learn new coping skills in order to enhance your quality of life.
(804) 465-9601 View (804) 465-9601
Photo of Amita Jha, Psychiatrist in North Bethesda, MD
Amita Jha
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
To make appointments please visit us at www.BethesdapsychiatryMD.com or call us 202-999-5712. We accept care first, Cigna, UHC and Aetna Insurances. Board-certified adult psychiatrist, Boston University, with 25 years of experience. We are a comprehensive psychiatry service, offering medication management with board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, 8 licensed psychotherapists in our practice. Easy scheduling, check availability by clicking the website button on the left for online appointments and detailed information.
To make appointments please visit us at www.BethesdapsychiatryMD.com or call us 202-999-5712. We accept care first, Cigna, UHC and Aetna Insurances. Board-certified adult psychiatrist, Boston University, with 25 years of experience. We are a comprehensive psychiatry service, offering medication management with board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, 8 licensed psychotherapists in our practice. Easy scheduling, check availability by clicking the website button on the left for online appointments and detailed information.
(240) 453-4561 View (240) 453-4561

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Number of Psychiatrists in North Bethesda, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in North Bethesda, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
93% Depression
86% Bipolar Disorder
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Sleep or Insomnia
64% ADHD
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in North Bethesda, MD see their clients

93% In Person and Online
7% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in North Bethesda?

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.