Psychiatrists in Towson, MD

Photo of Ahkere Gwan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Towson, MD
Ahkere Gwan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Akhere makes a point to listen and try to understand patients’ needs beyond simply prescribing medication. She sees the decision-making process as collaborative, educating the patient throughout the process as she combines medication and psychotherapy for the best results. Akhere treats anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, insomnia, mood disorders, and other psychiatric and mental health problems.
Akhere makes a point to listen and try to understand patients’ needs beyond simply prescribing medication. She sees the decision-making process as collaborative, educating the patient throughout the process as she combines medication and psychotherapy for the best results. Akhere treats anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, insomnia, mood disorders, and other psychiatric and mental health problems.
(410) 541-1418 View (410) 541-1418
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Charlotte Coates-Wilkes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286
I have a deep interest in helping you explore all aspects of your life-emotional,physical and spiritual. It is my belief that such an exploration will result in a conviction that it is your life that you are living, that it is you that is living it and no one else. It will help you feel that it is you that is in charge of your life and no one else.
I have a deep interest in helping you explore all aspects of your life-emotional,physical and spiritual. It is my belief that such an exploration will result in a conviction that it is your life that you are living, that it is you that is living it and no one else. It will help you feel that it is you that is in charge of your life and no one else.
(410) 449-4915 View (410) 449-4915
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Dr. Jessica Ditto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
I work with children/adolescents/young adults and their families with a wide range of mental health and developmental concerns. I provide diagnosis and medication management when needed, as well as recommendations for additional services both at school and in the community. I offer a supportive environment for families struggling with their child's behavior and development. My primary goal is to improve quality of life for children and their caregivers.
I work with children/adolescents/young adults and their families with a wide range of mental health and developmental concerns. I provide diagnosis and medication management when needed, as well as recommendations for additional services both at school and in the community. I offer a supportive environment for families struggling with their child's behavior and development. My primary goal is to improve quality of life for children and their caregivers.
(410) 324-6692 View (410) 324-6692
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Hamid Tabatabai
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
My practice is primarily Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I see few adults who want psychotherapy and may or may not need medication. I provide a comprehensive psychiatric and psychological assessment before I recommend any form of treatment. I am available to my patients round a clock. There are no night time or weekends on call doctors to deal with!
My practice is primarily Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I see few adults who want psychotherapy and may or may not need medication. I provide a comprehensive psychiatric and psychological assessment before I recommend any form of treatment. I am available to my patients round a clock. There are no night time or weekends on call doctors to deal with!
(443) 222-0287 View (443) 222-0287
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Luisito Torregosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
Accepting New Clients - I have a 30-year career in the health care field, starting as a nurse working in different areas, including emergency care, and currently practicing as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My various and lengthy experiences caring for people gave me the skills to communicate with clients compassionately. My dedication extends beyond diagnosis and treatment; it encapsulates a commitment to compassionate, empathetic care. Embracing a humanistic approach, I believe in the significance of longer appointment times to provide comprehensive, quality care, viewing each individual holistically.
Accepting New Clients - I have a 30-year career in the health care field, starting as a nurse working in different areas, including emergency care, and currently practicing as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My various and lengthy experiences caring for people gave me the skills to communicate with clients compassionately. My dedication extends beyond diagnosis and treatment; it encapsulates a commitment to compassionate, empathetic care. Embracing a humanistic approach, I believe in the significance of longer appointment times to provide comprehensive, quality care, viewing each individual holistically.
(443) 730-5651 View (443) 730-5651
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John Faulkner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
My goal is to empower clients to actively participate in the treatment process and support them in achieving their optimal mental health goals. I do this by providing compassionate, nonjudgmental care. I value open communication, active listening, and creating a safe and supportive environment where clients can freely express themselves. I utilize evidence-based treatment methods tailored to each individual's unique needs. I believe in a multi-modal approach that combines medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions to achieve the best outcomes for all clients. I look forward to meeting you!
My goal is to empower clients to actively participate in the treatment process and support them in achieving their optimal mental health goals. I do this by providing compassionate, nonjudgmental care. I value open communication, active listening, and creating a safe and supportive environment where clients can freely express themselves. I utilize evidence-based treatment methods tailored to each individual's unique needs. I believe in a multi-modal approach that combines medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions to achieve the best outcomes for all clients. I look forward to meeting you!
(443) 266-9671 View (443) 266-9671
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Julie Brownley
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Psychiatryforwomen.org - Accepting Patients - Out Of Network With Insurance - Dr. Julie Brownley is a board certified women's psychiatrist. She attended medical school and Ph.D. training at University of Maryland and residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She treats individuals seeking WOMEN-Specific care (LGBTQ individuals included) with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma and grief. She is a Reproductive Psychiatrist managing mood changes and anxiety due to hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. VISIT psychiatryforwomen.org for info
Psychiatryforwomen.org - Accepting Patients - Out Of Network With Insurance - Dr. Julie Brownley is a board certified women's psychiatrist. She attended medical school and Ph.D. training at University of Maryland and residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She treats individuals seeking WOMEN-Specific care (LGBTQ individuals included) with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma and grief. She is a Reproductive Psychiatrist managing mood changes and anxiety due to hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. VISIT psychiatryforwomen.org for info
(667) 206-6841 View (667) 206-6841
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Tarleen K Weston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
I am a doctorally-prepared, board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) working in a NP-owned outpatient office in Towson, MD. The typical age range of my clients is older adolescents (16+) to adults below age 65. I provide care for many conditions including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I also provide care for survivors of sexual abuse and childhood abuse/neglect.
I am a doctorally-prepared, board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) working in a NP-owned outpatient office in Towson, MD. The typical age range of my clients is older adolescents (16+) to adults below age 65. I provide care for many conditions including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I also provide care for survivors of sexual abuse and childhood abuse/neglect.
(410) 847-7987 View (410) 847-7987
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M Waqar Mohmand
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
Dr. Mohmand is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who joined Pivot Point Counseling Services after working as Regional Medical Director at Pressley Ridge Outpatient Clinics for 3 years, while maintaining a part-time Private Practice. He started working on an Outpatient basis after a 20 plus year career on the Inpatient Units at Sheppard Pratt. He is double Board Certified in General as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Additionally, he has a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and holds faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore (Clinical Assistant Professor).
Dr. Mohmand is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who joined Pivot Point Counseling Services after working as Regional Medical Director at Pressley Ridge Outpatient Clinics for 3 years, while maintaining a part-time Private Practice. He started working on an Outpatient basis after a 20 plus year career on the Inpatient Units at Sheppard Pratt. He is double Board Certified in General as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Additionally, he has a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and holds faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore (Clinical Assistant Professor).
(443) 594-7162 View (443) 594-7162
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Christine Tran-Boynes
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
Accepting new patients. In network with BCBS and Cigna. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in Towson, MD who specializes in medication management for adults 18 years old and over. As such, if you are already working with a psychologist, therapist, or counselor for therapy, I would be happy to collaborate. Telehealth appointments are offered to patients physically present in Maryland at the time of the session.
Accepting new patients. In network with BCBS and Cigna. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in Towson, MD who specializes in medication management for adults 18 years old and over. As such, if you are already working with a psychologist, therapist, or counselor for therapy, I would be happy to collaborate. Telehealth appointments are offered to patients physically present in Maryland at the time of the session.
(443) 234-8357 View (443) 234-8357
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Nelly Kangethe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
Nelly Kangethe, is a healthcare provider with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She has worked in several healthcare settings including emergency room, acute care, long-term care, homecare, case management, insurance company and outpatient clinics. With her extensive experience, she understands the importance of offering genuine and quality care.
Nelly Kangethe, is a healthcare provider with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She has worked in several healthcare settings including emergency room, acute care, long-term care, homecare, case management, insurance company and outpatient clinics. With her extensive experience, she understands the importance of offering genuine and quality care.
(443) 256-4054 View (443) 256-4054
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Elizabeth F Hughes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH-BC, BSN, BFA
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
Tired of waiting weeks to be seen? Give me a call today and lets get you feeling better soon, on the right medication, and with the least side effects! My clinical style is friendly & direct. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my care is always thorough and evidence-based. We work collaboratively to bring you short and long-term symptom relief so you can live fully engaged and get back to life. Compassionate and thorough, with a bit of humor thrown in when we can- I have years of experience that enhance my ability to help you, effectively & quickly.
Tired of waiting weeks to be seen? Give me a call today and lets get you feeling better soon, on the right medication, and with the least side effects! My clinical style is friendly & direct. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my care is always thorough and evidence-based. We work collaboratively to bring you short and long-term symptom relief so you can live fully engaged and get back to life. Compassionate and thorough, with a bit of humor thrown in when we can- I have years of experience that enhance my ability to help you, effectively & quickly.
(410) 609-9365 View (410) 609-9365
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Nurtured Well, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
Welcome, we specialize in helping women adjust to all stages of their adult life: from college to pregnancy (or infertility) through postpartum, motherhood, and menopause. We also love working with women who do not desire children. Many of our clients identify as members of the LGBTQ community. Our care is personalized and non-judgmental. We work with you to create a unique treatment plan that changes with your needs and priorities. Our rates are all inclusive. We never charge extra for phone calls or refills.
Welcome, we specialize in helping women adjust to all stages of their adult life: from college to pregnancy (or infertility) through postpartum, motherhood, and menopause. We also love working with women who do not desire children. Many of our clients identify as members of the LGBTQ community. Our care is personalized and non-judgmental. We work with you to create a unique treatment plan that changes with your needs and priorities. Our rates are all inclusive. We never charge extra for phone calls or refills.
(443) 775-3314 View (443) 775-3314
Photo of Kristin Huntley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Towson, MD
Kristin Huntley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Kristin Huntley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 14 years of experience in the healthcare field. Kristin is a graduate from Walden University, where she obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing. She has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and psychotic disorders among children, adolescents, and adults.
Kristin Huntley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 14 years of experience in the healthcare field. Kristin is a graduate from Walden University, where she obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing. She has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and psychotic disorders among children, adolescents, and adults.
(443) 233-1225 View (443) 233-1225
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Christine Liszewski
Psychiatrist, FAPA, MD, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
Dr Liszewski sees individuals for psychotherapy and medication management. She specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and personality disorders. She has specializations in reproductive psychiatry, trauma disorders and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Liszewski also does limited psychological/psychoeducational testing. Her therapeutic focus is tailored to meet the needs of the individual however she has formal training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Dr Liszewski sees individuals for psychotherapy and medication management. She specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and personality disorders. She has specializations in reproductive psychiatry, trauma disorders and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Liszewski also does limited psychological/psychoeducational testing. Her therapeutic focus is tailored to meet the needs of the individual however she has formal training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
(443) 341-4566 View (443) 341-4566
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Jordan Doehner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
I strive to create an environment where clients feel comfortable to share their story and feel heard. I focus on treating the entire client rather than just focusing on a diagnosis and have received positive feedback on the way I educate clients on the medications I recommend. I work with ages 16+ and am currently accepting new clients.
I strive to create an environment where clients feel comfortable to share their story and feel heard. I focus on treating the entire client rather than just focusing on a diagnosis and have received positive feedback on the way I educate clients on the medications I recommend. I work with ages 16+ and am currently accepting new clients.
(443) 785-2144 View (443) 785-2144
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Erica Ingram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who works with children/adolescents/adults with mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder). I empower individuals to reach their goals by assisting them in developing positive coping skills.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who works with children/adolescents/adults with mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder). I empower individuals to reach their goals by assisting them in developing positive coping skills.
(410) 337-7772 View (410) 337-7772
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Yarelis Guzmán Quiñones
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Dr. Yarelis Guzmán Quiñones is a board-certified psychiatrist and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, focusing on women's mental health. Specializing in the emotional well-being of women, she addresses a range of issues, including ADHD, perinatal mental health, fertility concerns, perinatal loss, and postpartum depression. She completed her residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she served as the chief resident.
Dr. Yarelis Guzmán Quiñones is a board-certified psychiatrist and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, focusing on women's mental health. Specializing in the emotional well-being of women, she addresses a range of issues, including ADHD, perinatal mental health, fertility concerns, perinatal loss, and postpartum depression. She completed her residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she served as the chief resident.
(443) 888-2306 View (443) 888-2306
Photo of Ruth Bissell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Towson, MD
Ruth Bissell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Ruth earned a BSN with a focus on addiction studies. She assisted with the recovery of adolescents and adults by using Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT), counseling, education, and group therapy. Since addiction treatment often requires treating other psychiatric problems, Ruth gained expertise in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and ADHD as well studying Motivational Therapy (MT) and psychotherapy.
Ruth earned a BSN with a focus on addiction studies. She assisted with the recovery of adolescents and adults by using Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT), counseling, education, and group therapy. Since addiction treatment often requires treating other psychiatric problems, Ruth gained expertise in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and ADHD as well studying Motivational Therapy (MT) and psychotherapy.
(443) 746-0130 View (443) 746-0130
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Mary-Rita Blute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, CRNP
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
I specialize in management of mental health medications as a supplement or adjunct to ongoing therapy, which is the primary treatment, so patients I see must also be engaged in counseling with a therapist. I use genetic testing to help guide medication choices, and I regularly use natural supplements as well as prescription drugs.
I specialize in management of mental health medications as a supplement or adjunct to ongoing therapy, which is the primary treatment, so patients I see must also be engaged in counseling with a therapist. I use genetic testing to help guide medication choices, and I regularly use natural supplements as well as prescription drugs.
(443) 991-8273 View (443) 991-8273

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Towson, MD

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Towson, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
79% ADHD
78% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
84% CareFirst
83% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Towson, MD see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Towson?

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.