Psychiatrists in Randallstown, MD

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Bolaji Olugboja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133
I am a trained family and mental healthcare provider who believes in patient-centered care despite cultural diversities. I have my specializations in primary/family care as well as mental and behavioral health medications management. I am mostly referred to as Dr. B. I started my medical career as a registered nurse and worked in different capacities, as a nursing home nurse, various hospitals, dialysis nurse, and an advocate for the proper health and well-being of diverse people requiring adequate healthcare.
I am a trained family and mental healthcare provider who believes in patient-centered care despite cultural diversities. I have my specializations in primary/family care as well as mental and behavioral health medications management. I am mostly referred to as Dr. B. I started my medical career as a registered nurse and worked in different capacities, as a nursing home nurse, various hospitals, dialysis nurse, and an advocate for the proper health and well-being of diverse people requiring adequate healthcare.
(410) 469-6718 View (410) 469-6718
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Diana Pieterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133
I am delighted that you are considering mental health treatment. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years over 10 years of nursing experience. I am passionate about helping individuals cope with their everyday challenges. I conduct psychiatric evaluation and with your help, we will develop a treatment plan that may include medication to help manage your symptoms. I work closely with your therapist and other mental health specialist to help you on your journey of healing and recovery.
I am delighted that you are considering mental health treatment. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years over 10 years of nursing experience. I am passionate about helping individuals cope with their everyday challenges. I conduct psychiatric evaluation and with your help, we will develop a treatment plan that may include medication to help manage your symptoms. I work closely with your therapist and other mental health specialist to help you on your journey of healing and recovery.
(410) 970-3834 View (410) 970-3834
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Dasheara Duck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Duck
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133  (Online Only)
Hi, My name is Dasheara Duck and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I began my career as a assertive community health nurse working in Baltimore city and surrounding areas to bring awareness to mental health in the community. In 2016, I transitioned into the hospital setting where I specialized as a crisis stabilization nurse in the emergency room and a inpatient psychiatric nurse. In 2019 I decided to further my career as a psychiatric mental health nurse Practitioner.
Hi, My name is Dasheara Duck and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I began my career as a assertive community health nurse working in Baltimore city and surrounding areas to bring awareness to mental health in the community. In 2016, I transitioned into the hospital setting where I specialized as a crisis stabilization nurse in the emergency room and a inpatient psychiatric nurse. In 2019 I decided to further my career as a psychiatric mental health nurse Practitioner.
(240) 689-3193 View (240) 689-3193
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Temitope Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Randallstown, MD 21133
Taking the first step towards mental health care is an act of bravery and self-love, and I am here to walk alongside you on this transformative journey. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years dedicated to the nursing profession, my deepest passion is to forge a partnership with you, guiding you towards a path of healing and self-discovery. Together, we will craft a personalized treatment plan that seamlessly integrates into your life and addresses your unique needs, potentially including medications. Yet, it’s essential to remember that our journey might not always rely on medication-there are many paths to wellness.
Taking the first step towards mental health care is an act of bravery and self-love, and I am here to walk alongside you on this transformative journey. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years dedicated to the nursing profession, my deepest passion is to forge a partnership with you, guiding you towards a path of healing and self-discovery. Together, we will craft a personalized treatment plan that seamlessly integrates into your life and addresses your unique needs, potentially including medications. Yet, it’s essential to remember that our journey might not always rely on medication-there are many paths to wellness.
(443) 960-8216 View (443) 960-8216
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Bolaji O Olugboja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Randallstown, MD 21133
I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in two states; Maryland and Florida.  I have been providing nursing services for over 14years. In my practice, an individual's mental health symptoms are not only addressed, we believe in a holistic approach, whereby an individual's mental and social factors are taken into consideration. Consequently, my utmost goal is to restore individuals to normal lives and foster a HEALTHIER YOU
I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in two states; Maryland and Florida.  I have been providing nursing services for over 14years. In my practice, an individual's mental health symptoms are not only addressed, we believe in a holistic approach, whereby an individual's mental and social factors are taken into consideration. Consequently, my utmost goal is to restore individuals to normal lives and foster a HEALTHIER YOU
(410) 403-3140 View (410) 403-3140
Photo of Temitope Temi Williams, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Temitope Temi Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133
It's great that you are considering mental health treatment. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of nursing experience, and my passion is psychiatric nursing. I will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your life and your treatment needs. I conduct medical evaluations where I ask questions about your history and presenting problems. Then, with your help, we develop a treatment plan that may include medications that would be helpful in addressing your symptoms. Keep in mind that medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. I use an holistic approach to meet your needs.
It's great that you are considering mental health treatment. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of nursing experience, and my passion is psychiatric nursing. I will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your life and your treatment needs. I conduct medical evaluations where I ask questions about your history and presenting problems. Then, with your help, we develop a treatment plan that may include medications that would be helpful in addressing your symptoms. Keep in mind that medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. I use an holistic approach to meet your needs.
(443) 903-2700 View (443) 903-2700
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Antorian Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DrNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, MPH, CNE
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133
Psychiatric, behavioral, and/or mental health disorders have touched the lives of many of us. Fortunately, help is available. Antorian Health is open to partnering with persons who are ready for change. For potential clients who are searching providers, congratulations, you have taken the first step!
Psychiatric, behavioral, and/or mental health disorders have touched the lives of many of us. Fortunately, help is available. Antorian Health is open to partnering with persons who are ready for change. For potential clients who are searching providers, congratulations, you have taken the first step!
(443) 238-1522 View (443) 238-1522
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Gracious Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133  (Online Only)
‘Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most’ (Mark Twain) The task is so simple but yet, I can’t bring myself to be motivated and focused enough to do it. I walk around and see others getting on with their lives and wonder what I am doing wrong, why can’t I be like them? I thought I’ll have it all figured out by now. The worst part is making everyone around me believe ‘I got my shit together’. My mind goes round and round at night and I lay starring at the ceiling, and before I know, it is time to start the same routine over again. I am at a standstill; I feel exhausted, overwhelmed and so trapped!
‘Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most’ (Mark Twain) The task is so simple but yet, I can’t bring myself to be motivated and focused enough to do it. I walk around and see others getting on with their lives and wonder what I am doing wrong, why can’t I be like them? I thought I’ll have it all figured out by now. The worst part is making everyone around me believe ‘I got my shit together’. My mind goes round and round at night and I lay starring at the ceiling, and before I know, it is time to start the same routine over again. I am at a standstill; I feel exhausted, overwhelmed and so trapped!
(443) 843-0584 View (443) 843-0584
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Stay Well Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133
WELCOME TO STAY WELL HEALTH LLC Your Ultimate Behavioral Health Services Provider With 25 years of NP Psych experience, Stay Well Health LLC has the expertise to diagnose and treat your behavior health illness. We are a place of healing that fosters hope and resilience through individual treatment modules for best outcomes. Nora Stewart, Nurse Practitioner is educated quarterly to ensure that our patients receive the most up to date clinically excellent treatments available.
WELCOME TO STAY WELL HEALTH LLC Your Ultimate Behavioral Health Services Provider With 25 years of NP Psych experience, Stay Well Health LLC has the expertise to diagnose and treat your behavior health illness. We are a place of healing that fosters hope and resilience through individual treatment modules for best outcomes. Nora Stewart, Nurse Practitioner is educated quarterly to ensure that our patients receive the most up to date clinically excellent treatments available.
(410) 559-9499 View (410) 559-9499
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Speak Easy Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133  (Online Only)
I strongly believe that mental health treatment relies on acceptance and openness, so we plan to use our credentials to not only care for patients, but share good practices of empathy and understanding. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner serving Maryland communities, it will be my goal to advocate and care for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion and understanding. With Speak Easy Mental Health Services by your side, you will never have to worry about feeling alone, ashamed, or afraid, while I support you through your mental health journey.
I strongly believe that mental health treatment relies on acceptance and openness, so we plan to use our credentials to not only care for patients, but share good practices of empathy and understanding. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner serving Maryland communities, it will be my goal to advocate and care for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion and understanding. With Speak Easy Mental Health Services by your side, you will never have to worry about feeling alone, ashamed, or afraid, while I support you through your mental health journey.
(410) 941-6924 View (410) 941-6924
Barry Uzoechi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHP
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133
We treat the whole person to return them to their previous emotional, and cognitive state, so they can begin to enjoy life once again.
We treat the whole person to return them to their previous emotional, and cognitive state, so they can begin to enjoy life once again.
(443) 732-3037 View (443) 732-3037
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ADHD Care-Temah Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133
In the vibrant spectrum of cognitive diversity, individuals with ADHD shine with dynamic minds, yet face challenges in focusing, impulsivity, and organization. Seeking empathy, insights, and empowerment, individuals come to us with untapped potential, aiming to thrive in a world not fully aligned with their unique processing styles. Utilizing FDA-approved psychometric testing, Temah Healthcare Services evaluate and create tailored interventions for your care. Our mission is to illuminate your path, transforming challenges into opportunities for growth, and guiding you to navigate life with confidence and fulfillment.
In the vibrant spectrum of cognitive diversity, individuals with ADHD shine with dynamic minds, yet face challenges in focusing, impulsivity, and organization. Seeking empathy, insights, and empowerment, individuals come to us with untapped potential, aiming to thrive in a world not fully aligned with their unique processing styles. Utilizing FDA-approved psychometric testing, Temah Healthcare Services evaluate and create tailored interventions for your care. Our mission is to illuminate your path, transforming challenges into opportunities for growth, and guiding you to navigate life with confidence and fulfillment.
(443) 407-8414 View (443) 407-8414
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Keysha Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Randallstown, MD 21133
I am a dually certified Family and Psychiatric nurse practitioner with 19 years of experience in health care. I completed undergraduate studies at Stevenson University and then received an MSN from Simmons University. After working with individuals suffering with mental illness and other co-occurring disorders, I began to see how the care was fragmented and marginalized. I am very passionate about addressing an individual’s health in its entirety, so I decided to obtain a post-graduate Psychiatric Certification from Wilkes University.
I am a dually certified Family and Psychiatric nurse practitioner with 19 years of experience in health care. I completed undergraduate studies at Stevenson University and then received an MSN from Simmons University. After working with individuals suffering with mental illness and other co-occurring disorders, I began to see how the care was fragmented and marginalized. I am very passionate about addressing an individual’s health in its entirety, so I decided to obtain a post-graduate Psychiatric Certification from Wilkes University.
(410) 469-8912 View (410) 469-8912
Onestopwellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, FNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133
(443) 898-4780 View (443) 898-4780

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Photo of Adanna Ikwuegbu, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adanna Ikwuegbu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients and serving Maryland residents. Together, let's embark on a journey of hope and healing to achieve your mental health goals and thrive. My specialty lies in delivering personalized mental health care that meets your unique needs.I provide a full spectrum of services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy. My focus areas encompass depression, bipolar, and more. By blending evidence-based practices with compassionate support, my goal is to empower you to regain emotional control, enhance overall well-being, and cultivate effective coping strategies for a balanced fulfilling life.
Accepting new patients and serving Maryland residents. Together, let's embark on a journey of hope and healing to achieve your mental health goals and thrive. My specialty lies in delivering personalized mental health care that meets your unique needs.I provide a full spectrum of services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy. My focus areas encompass depression, bipolar, and more. By blending evidence-based practices with compassionate support, my goal is to empower you to regain emotional control, enhance overall well-being, and cultivate effective coping strategies for a balanced fulfilling life.
(410) 642-5910 View (410) 642-5910
Photo of Shareen Campbell, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shareen Campbell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
My Name is Shareen Campbell. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I started out as a Medical Surgical Nurse. I spent about 5 years practicing on the medical side of nursing. I've always had a passion for mental health and after gaining medical experience I decided to make the transition to mental health nursing.
My Name is Shareen Campbell. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I started out as a Medical Surgical Nurse. I spent about 5 years practicing on the medical side of nursing. I've always had a passion for mental health and after gaining medical experience I decided to make the transition to mental health nursing.
(410) 304-6988 View (410) 304-6988
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Sound Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC, MSN, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117
We recognize that individuals seeking services might not always find comfort in a clinical environment. To cater to diverse preferences, we provide psychiatric health services via a secure telemedicine platform that complies with HIPAA regulations, as well as through in-person visits at our office. Valuing the distinctness of each person, we tailor treatment plans to your specific needs, considering you an integral part of the process. Your active participation enriches our understanding of your requirements, while our empathetic approach ensures compassionate care.
We recognize that individuals seeking services might not always find comfort in a clinical environment. To cater to diverse preferences, we provide psychiatric health services via a secure telemedicine platform that complies with HIPAA regulations, as well as through in-person visits at our office. Valuing the distinctness of each person, we tailor treatment plans to your specific needs, considering you an integral part of the process. Your active participation enriches our understanding of your requirements, while our empathetic approach ensures compassionate care.
(410) 724-1982 View (410) 724-1982
Photo of Lawrencia Ugochukwu, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lawrencia Ugochukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Lawrencia, your trusted partner in your quest for life fulfillment and peace of mind that is devoid of anxiety and depression. I provide high-quality mental health treatment that is laser-focused on the individual.
Hello, I'm Lawrencia, your trusted partner in your quest for life fulfillment and peace of mind that is devoid of anxiety and depression. I provide high-quality mental health treatment that is laser-focused on the individual.
(410) 220-2478 View (410) 220-2478
Photo of Theressa Williams - Jade Health & Wellness, LLC, CRNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jade Health & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
At Jade Health & Wellness, LLC, we strive to help others feel better and achieve control of their symptoms in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. The client is the center of treatment. Your input is important to us as we work to tailor your treatment plan to meet your specific needs. We believe in guiding you to help achieve your optimal level of health. Medication management is offered for all mental health conditions. We use the lowest amount of medications possible in order to prevent polypharmacy and drug interactions. Let us help you!
At Jade Health & Wellness, LLC, we strive to help others feel better and achieve control of their symptoms in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. The client is the center of treatment. Your input is important to us as we work to tailor your treatment plan to meet your specific needs. We believe in guiding you to help achieve your optimal level of health. Medication management is offered for all mental health conditions. We use the lowest amount of medications possible in order to prevent polypharmacy and drug interactions. Let us help you!
(410) 567-0813 View (410) 567-0813
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Ros Eko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients for both our Rhode Island and Maryland practices. We offer medication management services to young children, teenagers, and adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder and many more. I offer a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment that fosters wellbeing and healing. My goal is to enhance safety and provide the highest quality of care in a collaborative treatment style between the patient and the provider.
Currently accepting new patients for both our Rhode Island and Maryland practices. We offer medication management services to young children, teenagers, and adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder and many more. I offer a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment that fosters wellbeing and healing. My goal is to enhance safety and provide the highest quality of care in a collaborative treatment style between the patient and the provider.
(410) 698-1737 View (410) 698-1737

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Randallstown, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$100

Psychiatrists in Randallstown, MD who prioritize treating:

93% Bipolar Disorder
86% Depression
86% Anxiety
79% ADHD
79% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Medicaid

How Psychiatrists in Randallstown, MD see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

91% Female
9% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Randallstown?

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.