Psychiatrists in Pasadena, MD

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Tetyana Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
Tetyana Evans is a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse in the state of Maryland. She is dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She received her education from Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, and George Washington University. She has been practicing for twelve years and is experienced in treating persons with substance use disorders and mental health disorders, including but not limited to patients with depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, psychotic disorders.
Tetyana Evans is a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse in the state of Maryland. She is dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She received her education from Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, and George Washington University. She has been practicing for twelve years and is experienced in treating persons with substance use disorders and mental health disorders, including but not limited to patients with depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, psychotic disorders.
(443) 665-0530 x319 View (443) 665-0530 x319
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Mackay Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNP-PM, MSN, PHN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pasadena, MD 21122
Dr. Angela Mackay, known to many as Dr. Mackay, completed her educational career at Walden University. While gaining clinical experience with Dr. Umaru Kamara at Axios Behavioral Health in La Plata, Southern Maryland. She has over 20 years of experience in a variety of specialties in inpatient and community healthcare settings including but not limited to psychiatry and brain injury. She was awarded Nurse of the Year by March of Dimes in 2015 as well as an individual national award by APNA in the same year. While my primary headquarters is located in MD, I have recently expanded to DC and California.
Dr. Angela Mackay, known to many as Dr. Mackay, completed her educational career at Walden University. While gaining clinical experience with Dr. Umaru Kamara at Axios Behavioral Health in La Plata, Southern Maryland. She has over 20 years of experience in a variety of specialties in inpatient and community healthcare settings including but not limited to psychiatry and brain injury. She was awarded Nurse of the Year by March of Dimes in 2015 as well as an individual national award by APNA in the same year. While my primary headquarters is located in MD, I have recently expanded to DC and California.
(410) 835-7064 View (410) 835-7064
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Doza Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, MSN, BSN, RN, ASD
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
Maryland Psychiatric/Mental Health Provider. We provide psychiatric/behavioral services through virtual consultations/telehealth, psychiatric medication management, psychotherapy (talk therapy), and emotional support. We also provide in-office visits as needed. Are you struggling with anxiety, mood issues, concentration/focus issues, psychosis, substance abuse, and other behavior issues? Our services are patient-focused. Together we can achieve or return you to your highest level of functioning and satisfaction.
Maryland Psychiatric/Mental Health Provider. We provide psychiatric/behavioral services through virtual consultations/telehealth, psychiatric medication management, psychotherapy (talk therapy), and emotional support. We also provide in-office visits as needed. Are you struggling with anxiety, mood issues, concentration/focus issues, psychosis, substance abuse, and other behavior issues? Our services are patient-focused. Together we can achieve or return you to your highest level of functioning and satisfaction.
(410) 862-2670 View (410) 862-2670
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
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) 372-5010 View (667) 372-5010
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
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) 202-0051 View (667) 202-0051
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
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) 220-0045 View (667) 220-0045
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
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) 326-8859 View (667) 326-8859
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Uros Koprivica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(667) 222-3301 View (667) 222-3301
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(667) 372-4869 View (667) 372-4869
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Alimatu Nabie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
Alimatu Nabie is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Her background includes child, adolescent, and geriatric psychiatry and also psychosomatic medicine. Miss Nabie clinical career took her on a journey through the health care system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, managing the care of everyone from children with ADHD to geriatric patients with dementia.
Alimatu Nabie is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Her background includes child, adolescent, and geriatric psychiatry and also psychosomatic medicine. Miss Nabie clinical career took her on a journey through the health care system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, managing the care of everyone from children with ADHD to geriatric patients with dementia.
(443) 785-2931 View (443) 785-2931
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Obinna Okonkwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNPPMH
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
Obinna Okonkwo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland who has been practicing since 2021. He has an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Prince George's Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland University College, and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Mental health disorder is a major healthcare issue in the United States of America with nearly one in five U. S. adults living with a mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health (2022).
Obinna Okonkwo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland who has been practicing since 2021. He has an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Prince George's Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland University College, and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Mental health disorder is a major healthcare issue in the United States of America with nearly one in five U. S. adults living with a mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health (2022).
(443) 767-4146 View (443) 767-4146
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Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
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) 372-4589 View (667) 372-4589
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Katherine Maas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
Katherine Maas, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Georgetown in 2014. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from George Mason University in 2020. Katherine’s past nursing experience includes critical care, cardiology, community health, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. She treats psychiatric patients across the lifespan. Katherine employs a variety of approaches and methodologies while working collaboratively with her patient to design appropriate and effective treatment plans.
Katherine Maas, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Georgetown in 2014. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from George Mason University in 2020. Katherine’s past nursing experience includes critical care, cardiology, community health, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. She treats psychiatric patients across the lifespan. Katherine employs a variety of approaches and methodologies while working collaboratively with her patient to design appropriate and effective treatment plans.
(443) 486-3156 View (443) 486-3156
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Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
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) 285-8493 View (667) 285-8493
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Robert Herman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
Robert A. Herman, M.D., FAPA, received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center in 1987 and completed psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1992. He was certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Herman has taught at New York University, Columbia University, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Robert A. Herman, M.D., FAPA, received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center in 1987 and completed psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1992. He was certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Herman has taught at New York University, Columbia University, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
(443) 888-2063 View (443) 888-2063
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
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) 372-5049 View (667) 372-5049
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Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(667) 220-7125 View (667) 220-7125
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Chinma Njoku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122  (Online Only)
Do you feel down, depressed, changes in appetite, feel anxious, can’t stop worrying about things, have low motivation, can’t get out of bed? Is it hard to pay attention and complete tasks? Do you suffer from nightmares due to past trauma? Does your heart race and do you have panic attacks? I am here to tell you that you are not alone in your journey. I will listen to your concerns in a safe and positive space and, working together in partnership, help you find the solutions you are looking for. As an experienced professional, I will support you with the best quality care you deserve through medication management.
Do you feel down, depressed, changes in appetite, feel anxious, can’t stop worrying about things, have low motivation, can’t get out of bed? Is it hard to pay attention and complete tasks? Do you suffer from nightmares due to past trauma? Does your heart race and do you have panic attacks? I am here to tell you that you are not alone in your journey. I will listen to your concerns in a safe and positive space and, working together in partnership, help you find the solutions you are looking for. As an experienced professional, I will support you with the best quality care you deserve through medication management.
(301) 273-1413 View (301) 273-1413
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Remedy Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122  (Online Only)
Accepting new Clients. Are you seeking for a provider who listens to your entire story and works with you to develop a recovery plan? I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland. I have over 15 years of experience in Mental Health and have worked with various settings such as outpatient, inpatient and research. Each individual is unique, therefore, each treatment plan is individualized and created for you, with you. We encourage your involvement to enrich understanding regarding your needs while rendering an empathetic approach to your care. Let us walk this journey together.
Accepting new Clients. Are you seeking for a provider who listens to your entire story and works with you to develop a recovery plan? I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland. I have over 15 years of experience in Mental Health and have worked with various settings such as outpatient, inpatient and research. Each individual is unique, therefore, each treatment plan is individualized and created for you, with you. We encourage your involvement to enrich understanding regarding your needs while rendering an empathetic approach to your care. Let us walk this journey together.
(410) 983-6283 View (410) 983-6283
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R Woctchou
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
It is wonderful that you are looking for mental health treatment. I am a psychiatric nurse Practitioner with 10 years of nursing experience and my passion is psychiatry I will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your life and your treatment needs. I conduct evaluations where I ask questions about your life and your treatment needs. I conduct evaluations where I ask your history and presenting problem. We develop a treatment plan that may include medications that would be helpful in addressing your symptoms. Keep in mind that medications not always be needed to address your mental health needs.
It is wonderful that you are looking for mental health treatment. I am a psychiatric nurse Practitioner with 10 years of nursing experience and my passion is psychiatry I will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your life and your treatment needs. I conduct evaluations where I ask questions about your life and your treatment needs. I conduct evaluations where I ask your history and presenting problem. We develop a treatment plan that may include medications that would be helpful in addressing your symptoms. Keep in mind that medications not always be needed to address your mental health needs.
(443) 233-0234 View (443) 233-0234

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Pasadena, MD

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Pasadena, MD who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
93% Anxiety
93% Trauma and PTSD
93% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
78% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
89% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in Pasadena, MD see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pasadena?

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.