Psychiatrists in Waldorf, MD

Photo of Kimberly Brown-Gross, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kimberly Brown-Gross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently work with the Mackenzie Counseling and Consultation Services (MCCS) interdisciplinary team. I am passionate about providing collaborative, supportive mental health services to my clients. With over 20 years of experience as a nurse, I have worked in several leadership positions including nurse director at a local hospital. In addition, I received the nurse of the year award in 2009 and the nurse leader of the year in May 2022.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently work with the Mackenzie Counseling and Consultation Services (MCCS) interdisciplinary team. I am passionate about providing collaborative, supportive mental health services to my clients. With over 20 years of experience as a nurse, I have worked in several leadership positions including nurse director at a local hospital. In addition, I received the nurse of the year award in 2009 and the nurse leader of the year in May 2022.
(301) 259-3057 View (301) 259-3057
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EB Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603
Our mission is to provide comprehensive mental health where individualized and quality care enables individuals to regain hope at home. We help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan after proper diagnostic evaluation through the provision of exceptional mental healthcare backed by research-based education.
Our mission is to provide comprehensive mental health where individualized and quality care enables individuals to regain hope at home. We help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan after proper diagnostic evaluation through the provision of exceptional mental healthcare backed by research-based education.
(301) 591-6442 View (301) 591-6442
Photo of Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen - Atlas Behavioral Health Services, DNP, PMHNPBC, CCM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Atlas Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CCM
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland to treat patients with mental health needs across the lifespan. As a graduate of the Wilmington University, I have over 12 years of experience in nursing and have worked with pediatric through geriatrics in various specialties, including mental health settings, community health, in-patient hospital, and out-patient clinic settings.
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland to treat patients with mental health needs across the lifespan. As a graduate of the Wilmington University, I have over 12 years of experience in nursing and have worked with pediatric through geriatrics in various specialties, including mental health settings, community health, in-patient hospital, and out-patient clinic settings.
(240) 534-1926 View (240) 534-1926
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Tashekia Williamson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (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
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Synchrony Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602
Are you a parent of a child or adolescent experiencing challenges at home or school? Or an adult encountering the difficulties of everyday life that have escalated your anxiety levels and intensified your depressive symptoms? Or are you mourning the loss of a spouse, relationship, or beloved pet? If you answered yes to these questions, please call us at Synchrony Behavioral Health Services LLC. We are available to assist you in recognizing your strengths. We are here to help you to "Discover Peace of Mind and Inner Strength." Our scope of practice encompasses medication management and brief psychotherapy.
Are you a parent of a child or adolescent experiencing challenges at home or school? Or an adult encountering the difficulties of everyday life that have escalated your anxiety levels and intensified your depressive symptoms? Or are you mourning the loss of a spouse, relationship, or beloved pet? If you answered yes to these questions, please call us at Synchrony Behavioral Health Services LLC. We are available to assist you in recognizing your strengths. We are here to help you to "Discover Peace of Mind and Inner Strength." Our scope of practice encompasses medication management and brief psychotherapy.
(301) 781-6840 View (301) 781-6840
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Yunlay Bridges
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MHA, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Each of us will experience life stressors (depression, anxiety, grief and trauma), which are part of the humanistic experience. Working together can allow us to unpack unhealthy behaviors. Therapy can be the pathway to finding the root cause and uncovering triggers to develop positive strategies to maneuver through life’s challenging moments.
Each of us will experience life stressors (depression, anxiety, grief and trauma), which are part of the humanistic experience. Working together can allow us to unpack unhealthy behaviors. Therapy can be the pathway to finding the root cause and uncovering triggers to develop positive strategies to maneuver through life’s challenging moments.
(301) 781-5365 View (301) 781-5365
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Gabriela Amaya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603
Promoting optimal mental and emotional well-being by providing compassionate care. Empowering individuals to achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
Promoting optimal mental and emotional well-being by providing compassionate care. Empowering individuals to achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
(301) 691-3062 View (301) 691-3062
Photo of Siyami Takha - Awesome Experience Psychiatric Services, LLC, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Awesome Experience Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
I treat patients with a variety of mental health conditions: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Schizophrenia, SUD, BPD. I have the privilege to work with a diverse population providing culturally competent care and eliminate stigmas associated with mental health. I will be honored to help you navigate your mental health. We will empower you with coping skills to lead a productive life. It is always challenging when your life changes direction, whether anticipated or not. Sometimes we need some new tools to help us dealing with these changes. We assess, diagnose, treat mental health conditions.
I treat patients with a variety of mental health conditions: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Schizophrenia, SUD, BPD. I have the privilege to work with a diverse population providing culturally competent care and eliminate stigmas associated with mental health. I will be honored to help you navigate your mental health. We will empower you with coping skills to lead a productive life. It is always challenging when your life changes direction, whether anticipated or not. Sometimes we need some new tools to help us dealing with these changes. We assess, diagnose, treat mental health conditions.
(301) 234-7035 View (301) 234-7035
Photo of Nicola Clarke Wallen - Atlas Behavioral Health Services, DNP, PMHNP, CCM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Atlas Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CCM
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland, DC and Virginia to treat patients with mental health needs.
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland, DC and Virginia to treat patients with mental health needs.
(202) 629-0487 View (202) 629-0487
Photo of Jacinta Madu, APRN, PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jacinta Madu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
I am the lead board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), at GOFAN Healthcare Services LLC. I have a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, I work with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. I enjoy treating patients with all kinds of mental illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, and schizophrenia. My compassion and nonjudgmental approach to working with individuals and families builds hope and reduces mental health stigma.
I am the lead board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), at GOFAN Healthcare Services LLC. I have a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, I work with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. I enjoy treating patients with all kinds of mental illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, and schizophrenia. My compassion and nonjudgmental approach to working with individuals and families builds hope and reduces mental health stigma.
(301) 781-5041 View (301) 781-5041
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Peace & Positivity Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20601
Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Are you finding it difficult to cope with life’s stressors? Are you noticing that it is difficult to cope with life because of your symptoms? We are all affected by emotional, psychological, or social situations that disturb our mental health. These disruptions cause problems that change our thinking, mood, and behavior. Let us work together to develop a plan to ease your stress and navigate your obstacles. Continue reading to learn how booking a session is the best decision for you.
Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Are you finding it difficult to cope with life’s stressors? Are you noticing that it is difficult to cope with life because of your symptoms? We are all affected by emotional, psychological, or social situations that disturb our mental health. These disruptions cause problems that change our thinking, mood, and behavior. Let us work together to develop a plan to ease your stress and navigate your obstacles. Continue reading to learn how booking a session is the best decision for you.
(301) 638-8545 View (301) 638-8545
Photo of Samuel Koroma - AIH Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
AIH Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans deal with the same issues; which are made worse by the pandemic. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care.
If you are struggling with a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans deal with the same issues; which are made worse by the pandemic. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care.
(240) 209-9639 View (240) 209-9639
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Christopher Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Patients! Hello, I'm Dr. Christopher Jackson, a dedicated psychiatrist who founded Empathy Wellness to help individuals achieve optimal well-being, free from judgment or inequity. Specializing in mood, anxiety, thought and psychotic disorders, I offer comprehensive services centering around medication management. My expertise also encompasses a wide range of specialties, including ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, dual diagnosis, OCD, self-harming, sleep issues, stress, suicidal ideation, as well as trauma and PTSD.
Now Accepting New Patients! Hello, I'm Dr. Christopher Jackson, a dedicated psychiatrist who founded Empathy Wellness to help individuals achieve optimal well-being, free from judgment or inequity. Specializing in mood, anxiety, thought and psychotic disorders, I offer comprehensive services centering around medication management. My expertise also encompasses a wide range of specialties, including ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, dual diagnosis, OCD, self-harming, sleep issues, stress, suicidal ideation, as well as trauma and PTSD.
(301) 494-8435 View (301) 494-8435
Photo of Cynthia Glover-Singleton, CRNP, PMH, MSN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cynthia Glover-Singleton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603
Providing a holistic, spiritual, physical care approach to treat the body, mind and spirit. With extensive knowledge of medical and emergency situations adds to my care of the whole person. Understanding the connection of therapy and medication management encourages complete mental wellness for the clients I serve.
Providing a holistic, spiritual, physical care approach to treat the body, mind and spirit. With extensive knowledge of medical and emergency situations adds to my care of the whole person. Understanding the connection of therapy and medication management encourages complete mental wellness for the clients I serve.
(301) 281-6393 View (301) 281-6393
Photo of Edner Charles - EdChA Behavioral Health, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
EdChA Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
(240) 802-7091 View (240) 802-7091
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Charlotte Ayuk Nkem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
(301) 786-5694 View (301) 786-5694
Photo of Aina Oluwo, CRNP, -PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Aina Oluwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, -PMH
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20601
Aina is a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with board certification. She holds a license to provide treatment for adults, adolescents, and children as well as to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric drugs. She possesses expertise in treating individuals with disorders such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and bipolar disorder. Aina is passionate about mental health, and she uses a comprehensive approach to treat symptoms and illnesses, which includes lifestyle modifications, prescription and management of psychotropic medications and consistent therapy.
Aina is a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with board certification. She holds a license to provide treatment for adults, adolescents, and children as well as to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric drugs. She possesses expertise in treating individuals with disorders such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and bipolar disorder. Aina is passionate about mental health, and she uses a comprehensive approach to treat symptoms and illnesses, which includes lifestyle modifications, prescription and management of psychotropic medications and consistent therapy.
(301) 479-6647 View (301) 479-6647
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Clarence Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
www.reflectivemindsmw.com. Visit my website to request an appointment! Openings within the week! Now treating ADHD! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. I have extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, and I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
www.reflectivemindsmw.com. Visit my website to request an appointment! Openings within the week! Now treating ADHD! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. I have extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, and I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
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Yetunde Rotimi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Ideal clients: individuals with mental health issues who feel like they have not been seen or listened to. Having difficulty dealing with their condition and looking to gain insight into their problem. The initial contact includes understanding the client's approach to the current illness, past medical history, family, psychosocial, childhood, and psychiatric history are examined.
Ideal clients: individuals with mental health issues who feel like they have not been seen or listened to. Having difficulty dealing with their condition and looking to gain insight into their problem. The initial contact includes understanding the client's approach to the current illness, past medical history, family, psychosocial, childhood, and psychiatric history are examined.
(240) 392-6901 View (240) 392-6901
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SOMO Urgent Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20601
I am a caring, compassionate mental health nurse practitioner. I help people by supporting clients who suffer from various mental health conditions; this has given me a foundation to build upon my knowledge and skills in a professional manner as a healthcare assistant.
I am a caring, compassionate mental health nurse practitioner. I help people by supporting clients who suffer from various mental health conditions; this has given me a foundation to build upon my knowledge and skills in a professional manner as a healthcare assistant.
(301) 769-7418 View (301) 769-7418
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Waldorf, MD

50+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Waldorf, MD who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
91% Depression
88% Bipolar Disorder
84% ADHD
76% Trauma and PTSD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Waldorf, MD see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Waldorf?

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.