Psychiatrists in Temple Hills, MD

Photo of Chuks Nwaulu - Legacy Medical and Mental Health Clinic, DNP, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Legacy Medical and Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Temple Hills, MD 20748
At Legacy medical and Mental Clinic, our goal is to deliver patient centered psychiatric and behavioral services geared towards improved quality of life.
At Legacy medical and Mental Clinic, our goal is to deliver patient centered psychiatric and behavioral services geared towards improved quality of life.
(240) 332-1715 View (240) 332-1715
Photo of Ogechukwu Igbo - Kairos Healthcare Services LLC, P-MSN, PMHNP, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kairos Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, P-MSN, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Emotional problems and psychiatric conditions are like any other medical illness. We know that dealing with mental illness can be weakening and asking for help when dealing with these problems can be challenging. Kairos Healthcare services is here to help alleviate these challenges by creating a therapeutic relationship with you to manage the conditions in a most caring, compassionate, and understanding manner while ensuring your privacy. Psychiatric illness can complicate underlying medical conditions if left untreated; they are real and prevalent in every society and in all age groups, regardless of a person's economic status.
Emotional problems and psychiatric conditions are like any other medical illness. We know that dealing with mental illness can be weakening and asking for help when dealing with these problems can be challenging. Kairos Healthcare services is here to help alleviate these challenges by creating a therapeutic relationship with you to manage the conditions in a most caring, compassionate, and understanding manner while ensuring your privacy. Psychiatric illness can complicate underlying medical conditions if left untreated; they are real and prevalent in every society and in all age groups, regardless of a person's economic status.
(301) 900-3790 View (301) 900-3790
Photo of Calista Ogbu - Faithfirst Health Clinic AND Urgent Care LLC, DNP, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Faithfirst Health Clinic AND Urgent Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Temple Hills, MD 20748
In need of a provider with a touch of care and understands your mental health needs? At Faithfirst health, we see clients with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia and Mood disorder. Your mental health is our priority and recovery are possible. With over 8 years of experience in psychiatry practice, we have the clinical ability to care for you.
In need of a provider with a touch of care and understands your mental health needs? At Faithfirst health, we see clients with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia and Mood disorder. Your mental health is our priority and recovery are possible. With over 8 years of experience in psychiatry practice, we have the clinical ability to care for you.
(240) 619-5620 View (240) 619-5620
Photo of Uche Henrietta Fabiku, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Uche Henrietta Fabiku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Temple Hills, MD 20748
(240) 594-8073 View (240) 594-8073

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Photo of Joy Ellis-George - Dare to Care Too, LLC, PMHNP, BC, CCM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dare to Care Too, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, CCM
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Accepting new Clients. Offering in person visits. Seeking a provider who listens to your entire story and works with you to develop a recovery plan? Then you have come to the right place. Knowing your story is important because you are the expert on you. Your symptoms do not have to impact your functioning when you have the right resources and supports in place. While medications are sometimes needed they are not the only answer to managing symptoms. Often behavioral therapy and modification are effective in managing symptoms alone or in conjunction with medications at the lowest effective dosage.
Accepting new Clients. Offering in person visits. Seeking a provider who listens to your entire story and works with you to develop a recovery plan? Then you have come to the right place. Knowing your story is important because you are the expert on you. Your symptoms do not have to impact your functioning when you have the right resources and supports in place. While medications are sometimes needed they are not the only answer to managing symptoms. Often behavioral therapy and modification are effective in managing symptoms alone or in conjunction with medications at the lowest effective dosage.
(240) 201-2970 View (240) 201-2970
Photo of Rhoda Ndamukong - All Dimensions Behavioral Health, LLC, DNP, PMHNPBC, AGNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
All Dimensions Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Rhoda Ndamukong is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with specializes in Adult-Geriatric and family psychiatric care. Rhoda graduated from Princes George’s community college as a registered nurse with high honors. She furthered her education achieving a bachelor’s degree and graduating with president honors from Chamberlain University. Rhoda also graduated with honors from Walden University with a Master’s in Nursing and Maryville University with a Post Master's in psychiatry. She is dual certified AANP and ANCC Nurse Practitioner. Rhoda's areas of focus are treating the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
Rhoda Ndamukong is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with specializes in Adult-Geriatric and family psychiatric care. Rhoda graduated from Princes George’s community college as a registered nurse with high honors. She furthered her education achieving a bachelor’s degree and graduating with president honors from Chamberlain University. Rhoda also graduated with honors from Walden University with a Master’s in Nursing and Maryville University with a Post Master's in psychiatry. She is dual certified AANP and ANCC Nurse Practitioner. Rhoda's areas of focus are treating the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
(240) 213-7859 View (240) 213-7859
Photo of Dana Foster - Fostered Healthcare, LLC, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Fostered Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Oxon Hill, MD 20745  (Online Only)
NOTE: Self-Pay (Cash/Credit Card) Patients Only
NOTE: Self-Pay (Cash/Credit Card) Patients Only
(240) 624-9294 View (240) 624-9294
Photo of Obehi Omoijuanfo, APRN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Obehi Omoijuanfo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Largo, MD 20774
A Skilled and caring health care professional with over ten years of experience in the assessment and care of individuals across the care continuum. I see each client as an individual and look to them for their expertise on their strengths and areas they want to work on. Getting to know each client is just a part of our initial encounter. It is critical that we also review medical, environmental and other contributary factors responsible for presenting symptoms to aide in formulating diagnoses. seeing clients ages 13 and older.
A Skilled and caring health care professional with over ten years of experience in the assessment and care of individuals across the care continuum. I see each client as an individual and look to them for their expertise on their strengths and areas they want to work on. Getting to know each client is just a part of our initial encounter. It is critical that we also review medical, environmental and other contributary factors responsible for presenting symptoms to aide in formulating diagnoses. seeing clients ages 13 and older.
(301) 409-5396 View (301) 409-5396
Photo of Collette Odibo, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Collette Odibo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clinton, MD 20735
Many people with serious mental illness are challenged doubly. On one hand, they struggle with the symptoms and disabilities that result from the disease. On the other, they are challenged by the stereotypes and prejudice that result from misconceptions about mental illness. As a result of both, people with mental illness are robbed of the opportunities that define a quality life: good jobs, healthy relationships, safe housing, satisfactory health care, and affiliation with a diverse group of people. Fear leads to avoidance, Treatment can provide relief. We are at your service to help you reach your optimum mental health wellness.
Many people with serious mental illness are challenged doubly. On one hand, they struggle with the symptoms and disabilities that result from the disease. On the other, they are challenged by the stereotypes and prejudice that result from misconceptions about mental illness. As a result of both, people with mental illness are robbed of the opportunities that define a quality life: good jobs, healthy relationships, safe housing, satisfactory health care, and affiliation with a diverse group of people. Fear leads to avoidance, Treatment can provide relief. We are at your service to help you reach your optimum mental health wellness.
(240) 540-5884 View (240) 540-5884
Photo of Christiana Ikome - Resilience Behavioral Health LLC, PMHNP, FNP-BC, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Resilience Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Christiana is a board-certified Family, Psychiatric, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CRNP-PMH, FNP-BC, FNP-C), located in Pikesville, Maryland. Christiana offers non-emergent personalized mental & behavioral health services, including but not limited to initial psychiatric evaluation and treatment, medication management across the lifespan. Credentialed with Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances, Christiana provides mental health services from ages six-years old, pre-teens, teens and adults. When life throws curveballs at us, we need someone we can trust. That is where Christiana comes in to support you.
Christiana is a board-certified Family, Psychiatric, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CRNP-PMH, FNP-BC, FNP-C), located in Pikesville, Maryland. Christiana offers non-emergent personalized mental & behavioral health services, including but not limited to initial psychiatric evaluation and treatment, medication management across the lifespan. Credentialed with Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances, Christiana provides mental health services from ages six-years old, pre-teens, teens and adults. When life throws curveballs at us, we need someone we can trust. That is where Christiana comes in to support you.
(410) 604-8946 View (410) 604-8946
Photo of Iyana Downie, LGPC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Iyana Downie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LGPC
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I have experience providing school and community based therapeutic services to children and adolescents, helping them navigate issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, academics, peer conflict, relationships, and self-esteem. My goal is to create a safe, trusted, and nonjudgmental environment where I can establish a connect with individuals and families.
I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I have experience providing school and community based therapeutic services to children and adolescents, helping them navigate issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, academics, peer conflict, relationships, and self-esteem. My goal is to create a safe, trusted, and nonjudgmental environment where I can establish a connect with individuals and families.
(410) 650-6269 View (410) 650-6269
Photo of Michelle Reid, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Reid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
At this time I am not accepting client for therapy, just for medication management- Do you feel on edge or tense often? Maybe you aren't sleeping. Has there been a history of trauma in your life? Do you sometimes feel like your memory is not the same and it is difficult for you to concentrate or find motivation to get anything done? Have you been using food to cope with your feelings? Do you find that your symptoms fluctuate continuously? Are you ready to feel alive again and regain your sense of purpose, self-esteem, and overall well-being? I am a PMHNP specializing in anxiety, depression, and trauma disorders.
At this time I am not accepting client for therapy, just for medication management- Do you feel on edge or tense often? Maybe you aren't sleeping. Has there been a history of trauma in your life? Do you sometimes feel like your memory is not the same and it is difficult for you to concentrate or find motivation to get anything done? Have you been using food to cope with your feelings? Do you find that your symptoms fluctuate continuously? Are you ready to feel alive again and regain your sense of purpose, self-esteem, and overall well-being? I am a PMHNP specializing in anxiety, depression, and trauma disorders.
(240) 679-5966 View (240) 679-5966
Photo of Alice Ukaegbu - Adolice Medical Services PLLC, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adolice Medical Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20781
My goal is to help the patients function at their full capacity by addressing factors, including environmental, that may lead to mental illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Patients' physical and mental health is my priority and I am here to work with them through collaborative treatment. Excellent service with respect, compassion, and integrity is also our goal.
My goal is to help the patients function at their full capacity by addressing factors, including environmental, that may lead to mental illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Patients' physical and mental health is my priority and I am here to work with them through collaborative treatment. Excellent service with respect, compassion, and integrity is also our goal.
(240) 213-9418 View (240) 213-9418
Photo of Maria Harrison Nwachukwu, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Maria Harrison Nwachukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Glenarden, MD 20706  (Online Only)
Maria Harrison is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) Licensed in Maryland. I have over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I aim to provide you the best care with respect and empathy. Let me walk with you through this journey with love and kindness.
Maria Harrison is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) Licensed in Maryland. I have over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I aim to provide you the best care with respect and empathy. Let me walk with you through this journey with love and kindness.
(301) 478-8526 View (301) 478-8526
Photo of Dr. Temi Akinpetide, DNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Temi Akinpetide
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Mental health issues are a part of us. This doesn't make you weak, it just makes you human and what's important is that we get help and keep moving forward. Remember, you don't have to hold it all in, you're not alone in this journey. We are here to help, and you can share your experience with us anytime by scheduling a session with us.
Mental health issues are a part of us. This doesn't make you weak, it just makes you human and what's important is that we get help and keep moving forward. Remember, you don't have to hold it all in, you're not alone in this journey. We are here to help, and you can share your experience with us anytime by scheduling a session with us.
(410) 632-6481 View (410) 632-6481
gateway behavioral health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Gateway Behavioral Health Services has a widely range of highly trained and experienced providers that are dedicated to their clients wellbeing. We offer a wide range of behavioral and mental health services ranging from psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management. We provide non-judgmental environment to everyone.
Gateway Behavioral Health Services has a widely range of highly trained and experienced providers that are dedicated to their clients wellbeing. We offer a wide range of behavioral and mental health services ranging from psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management. We provide non-judgmental environment to everyone.
(301) 945-8172 View (301) 945-8172
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Folasade 'sade' Fawehinmi Alaba
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
My ideal client would be open to genuine care and support. I have a passion for helping those who are dealing with acute distress, mental health that impacts their quality of life, or behavioral challenges. It is my hope and goal to assist my client with addressing their mental health goals through medication management.
My ideal client would be open to genuine care and support. I have a passion for helping those who are dealing with acute distress, mental health that impacts their quality of life, or behavioral challenges. It is my hope and goal to assist my client with addressing their mental health goals through medication management.
(301) 381-5788 x5 View (301) 381-5788 x5
Photo of Aida Dabreo, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Aida Dabreo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Aida provides tele-psychiatry treatment including diagnosis, medication management, talk therapy, and CBT. She is committed to providing compassionate and patient-centered care. With a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health, Aida strives to create a safe and supportive environment where patients feel valued, heard, and empowered in their journey towards wellness. By leading with empathy and understanding, Aida aims to form genuine connections with each individual, recognizing the unique experiences and challenges they face.
Aida provides tele-psychiatry treatment including diagnosis, medication management, talk therapy, and CBT. She is committed to providing compassionate and patient-centered care. With a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health, Aida strives to create a safe and supportive environment where patients feel valued, heard, and empowered in their journey towards wellness. By leading with empathy and understanding, Aida aims to form genuine connections with each individual, recognizing the unique experiences and challenges they face.
(301) 591-6871 View (301) 591-6871
Photo of Tashekia Williamson, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tashekia Williamson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772  (Online Only)
Southern Comfort Psychiatric Services, LLC is a mental and behavioral health organization that aims to provide services to members of he community from ages 6 - 65+. We take a holistic approach to care as we aspire to help each client to approach and overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. We are committed to taking culturally appropriate evidence based approaches in order to help each client reach optimal functionality within their everyday lives. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the client's needs.
Southern Comfort Psychiatric Services, LLC is a mental and behavioral health organization that aims to provide services to members of he community from ages 6 - 65+. We take a holistic approach to care as we aspire to help each client to approach and overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. We are committed to taking culturally appropriate evidence based approaches in order to help each client reach optimal functionality within their everyday lives. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the client's needs.
(301) 753-8026 View (301) 753-8026
Photo of Zuwena M Iddi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zuwena M Iddi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Welcome to my practice! I'm Zuwena Iddi, a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on holistic mental health care. With six years of experience across diverse healthcare settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my private practice located in Maryland. About Me: My journey in mental health care began with a commitment to provide personalized and comprehensive treatment to individuals facing mental health challenges. As a PMHNP, I blend evidence-based medication management with empathetic talk therapy to empower my patients on their path to healing and well-being.
Welcome to my practice! I'm Zuwena Iddi, a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on holistic mental health care. With six years of experience across diverse healthcare settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my private practice located in Maryland. About Me: My journey in mental health care began with a commitment to provide personalized and comprehensive treatment to individuals facing mental health challenges. As a PMHNP, I blend evidence-based medication management with empathetic talk therapy to empower my patients on their path to healing and well-being.
(301) 453-4598 View (301) 453-4598

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Number of Psychiatrists in Temple Hills, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Temple Hills, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Behavioral Issues
100% Borderline Personality (BPD)
100% Medication Management
75% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid
100% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in Temple Hills, MD see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Temple Hills?

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.