Psychiatrists in Woodstock, MD

Sharon Murphy, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Woodstock, MD 21163
I have always enjoyed working with people who have a desire to see treatment as a partnership. I have been in practice for many years and have treated a wide range of people. I began to use pharmacogenetic testing to assist the development of treatment as a partnership. Each individual has the opportunity to see what medications are most successful for them.
I have always enjoyed working with people who have a desire to see treatment as a partnership. I have been in practice for many years and have treated a wide range of people. I began to use pharmacogenetic testing to assist the development of treatment as a partnership. Each individual has the opportunity to see what medications are most successful for them.
(410) 927-5529 View (410) 927-5529
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Rose Ambrose
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Woodstock, MD 21163
Currently accepting New Patients. It can be hard to take the first step in getting help and whether it’s with me or another professional, I encourage you to reach out. My goal is to make getting started with treatment less stressful and provide high quality, empathetic, and non-judgmental care. I’m a board-certified psychiatrist and I maintain a small private practice in order to offer my patients responsive care. Availability: Currently seeing patients throughout Maryland or in-office at my Howard County location.
Currently accepting New Patients. It can be hard to take the first step in getting help and whether it’s with me or another professional, I encourage you to reach out. My goal is to make getting started with treatment less stressful and provide high quality, empathetic, and non-judgmental care. I’m a board-certified psychiatrist and I maintain a small private practice in order to offer my patients responsive care. Availability: Currently seeing patients throughout Maryland or in-office at my Howard County location.
(410) 846-6456 View (410) 846-6456

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Sandra C Anoruo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sykesville, MD 21784
Mental Health and Wellness requires individualized approach. My goal of treatment is to collaborate with the client, identify and improve client's strengths while working with them to identify and work on areas of weakness. There is no magic pill to take away stress, but it's effect on our mental health can be effectively managed using joint effort. Limitations exist solely within us; we can realize our full potential with adequate support and the right mind-set.
Mental Health and Wellness requires individualized approach. My goal of treatment is to collaborate with the client, identify and improve client's strengths while working with them to identify and work on areas of weakness. There is no magic pill to take away stress, but it's effect on our mental health can be effectively managed using joint effort. Limitations exist solely within us; we can realize our full potential with adequate support and the right mind-set.
(301) 433-7762 View (301) 433-7762
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Mid-Atlantic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042  (Online Only)
Minimal wait time currently for new patients! Personalized psychiatric care from an experienced and accessible board-certified psychiatrist. Accepting patients statewide via telehealth. The website is under development but you may request to join the practice by clicking "make an appointment" on the home page of the website. You can also request to join the practice via email/phone and by directly accessing the intake request form by pasting the following into your browser address bar: app.luminello.com/christianmaurermd/form
Minimal wait time currently for new patients! Personalized psychiatric care from an experienced and accessible board-certified psychiatrist. Accepting patients statewide via telehealth. The website is under development but you may request to join the practice by clicking "make an appointment" on the home page of the website. You can also request to join the practice via email/phone and by directly accessing the intake request form by pasting the following into your browser address bar: app.luminello.com/christianmaurermd/form
(410) 204-2418 View (410) 204-2418
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Melissa Richards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Eldersburg, MD 21784  (Online Only)
I have always had a keen interest in mental health and entered this field with a strong and purposeful desire to help facilitate the psychiatric wellbeing of others. In addition to my psychiatric training and experience, I previously served as a registered nurse for 12 years primarily in critical care and cardio-thoracic and surgical nursing units.
I have always had a keen interest in mental health and entered this field with a strong and purposeful desire to help facilitate the psychiatric wellbeing of others. In addition to my psychiatric training and experience, I previously served as a registered nurse for 12 years primarily in critical care and cardio-thoracic and surgical nursing units.
(410) 936-5562 View (410) 936-5562
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Hopestone Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sykesville, MD 21784
The ideal client may be struggling with various mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or other mood and behavioral disorders. You might be experiencing symptoms like persistent sadness, excessive worry, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, or impulsivity, which significantly impact your daily functioning.
The ideal client may be struggling with various mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or other mood and behavioral disorders. You might be experiencing symptoms like persistent sadness, excessive worry, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, or impulsivity, which significantly impact your daily functioning.
(410) 936-6985 View (410) 936-6985
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Lighthouse Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Currently accepting psychiatric/mental health appointments, as well as weight loss and Bariatric psychiatric evaluations. (virtual appointments only). Lechia (pronounced Lee-sha) has a passion for helping people live their best lives. Life brings stress for everyone in some way, and how you deal with it makes the difference in your happiness and success. A healthy mental status helps. Whether you have been born with a mental illness, have been traumatized, abused, are making changes, or just are not able to handle life, we are here to help.
Currently accepting psychiatric/mental health appointments, as well as weight loss and Bariatric psychiatric evaluations. (virtual appointments only). Lechia (pronounced Lee-sha) has a passion for helping people live their best lives. Life brings stress for everyone in some way, and how you deal with it makes the difference in your happiness and success. A healthy mental status helps. Whether you have been born with a mental illness, have been traumatized, abused, are making changes, or just are not able to handle life, we are here to help.
(443) 552-7356 View (443) 552-7356
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Maria Mbeboh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sykesville, MD 21784  (Online Only)
Dr Maria Mbeboh has extensive experience in nursing care. She is driven by her thirst for knowledge and dedication to delivering exceptional care. She is passionate about assisting others and has been actively involved in community service through non-profit organizations. She has taken part in medical missions abroad, delivering healthcare services to underserved populations with various medical/mental health problems. She believes in healthy therapeutic relationships between the provider and client to deliver higher quality care and make informed shared decisions. She is committed to examining psycho-social factors that affect the
Dr Maria Mbeboh has extensive experience in nursing care. She is driven by her thirst for knowledge and dedication to delivering exceptional care. She is passionate about assisting others and has been actively involved in community service through non-profit organizations. She has taken part in medical missions abroad, delivering healthcare services to underserved populations with various medical/mental health problems. She believes in healthy therapeutic relationships between the provider and client to deliver higher quality care and make informed shared decisions. She is committed to examining psycho-social factors that affect the
(240) 873-1893 View (240) 873-1893
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Eldersburg, MD 21784
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(240) 557-8957 View (240) 557-8957
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Comprehensive Healthcare Services.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Taking a step today for a better tomorrow . Struggling to get emotional balance due to multi factorial psycho-social and psychiatric issues?, having difficulties living a high quality life as a result of depression, anxiety, phobias, paranoia, PTSD, ADHD, and a host of other mental health disorders?. then come, let’s address and develop a customized evidence based individualized care using a range of therapy programs that are family centered. We aim to discover, identify, and address the root causes of our clients’ life challenges, helping them set realistic and achievable goals to improve their quality of life holistically.
Taking a step today for a better tomorrow . Struggling to get emotional balance due to multi factorial psycho-social and psychiatric issues?, having difficulties living a high quality life as a result of depression, anxiety, phobias, paranoia, PTSD, ADHD, and a host of other mental health disorders?. then come, let’s address and develop a customized evidence based individualized care using a range of therapy programs that are family centered. We aim to discover, identify, and address the root causes of our clients’ life challenges, helping them set realistic and achievable goals to improve their quality of life holistically.
(443) 870-4518 View (443) 870-4518
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Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Eldersburg, MD 21784
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
(240) 410-6449 View (240) 410-6449
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Derick Sonjong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(CRNP-PMH) serving Maryland residents. I offer specialized mental health care services to individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing a wide range of psychiatric conditions. My expertise lies in diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health disorders through a holistic and evidence-based approach which includes incorporating patient's emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs.
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(CRNP-PMH) serving Maryland residents. I offer specialized mental health care services to individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing a wide range of psychiatric conditions. My expertise lies in diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health disorders through a holistic and evidence-based approach which includes incorporating patient's emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs.
(410) 453-8436 View (410) 453-8436
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FreshAir Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
At FreshAir Health Services, we believe in fostering meaningful relationships with our clients and their families. We are exceptional in providing individualized, patient-centered care. We take pride in listening to your problems and tailoring your treatment to your unique needs. Utilizing the best available evidence, we aim to provide our clients with results-oriented care.
At FreshAir Health Services, we believe in fostering meaningful relationships with our clients and their families. We are exceptional in providing individualized, patient-centered care. We take pride in listening to your problems and tailoring your treatment to your unique needs. Utilizing the best available evidence, we aim to provide our clients with results-oriented care.
(443) 323-0258 View (443) 323-0258
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Sandra Lake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Dr. Sandra Lake is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with over 10 years in the healthcare industry. She has worked in different fields of healthcare, Intensive care, Medical-surgical, Mental health, telemetry, and obstetrics to name a few. She has both inpatient and outpatient experience. Dr. Lake is very compassionate, caring, listens, non-judgmental and treat everyone with dignity, empathy and respect. Dr. Lake focuses on the individual as a whole, and collaborates with other professionals that are involved in her patient's care to ensure optimal stability, thus promoting good quality of life.
Dr. Sandra Lake is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with over 10 years in the healthcare industry. She has worked in different fields of healthcare, Intensive care, Medical-surgical, Mental health, telemetry, and obstetrics to name a few. She has both inpatient and outpatient experience. Dr. Lake is very compassionate, caring, listens, non-judgmental and treat everyone with dignity, empathy and respect. Dr. Lake focuses on the individual as a whole, and collaborates with other professionals that are involved in her patient's care to ensure optimal stability, thus promoting good quality of life.
(240) 226-1091 View (240) 226-1091
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Maura Constance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Sykesville, MD 21784
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Dr. Temitope Akinladenu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Greetings! I am a nationally board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained to treat all ages. I believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. I have a decade of healthcare experience in inpatient, outpatient, PHP, and IOP settings. My passion is to provide comprehensive care that focuses on client needs and empower full participation in their own treatment. I incorporate supportive therapy, use of positive coping skills and medication management (if needed). I believe educating how medications work in the brain is important for clients to know and understand
Greetings! I am a nationally board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained to treat all ages. I believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. I have a decade of healthcare experience in inpatient, outpatient, PHP, and IOP settings. My passion is to provide comprehensive care that focuses on client needs and empower full participation in their own treatment. I incorporate supportive therapy, use of positive coping skills and medication management (if needed). I believe educating how medications work in the brain is important for clients to know and understand
(240) 356-0559 View (240) 356-0559
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Christiana Olayera-Akinboye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, BC
Verified Verified
Sykesville, MD 21784
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified in Psychiatry. My training and experiences as a clinician allow me to provide comprehensive client-focused mental healthcare across the lifespan. Some of my practice specialties include (but are not limited to) anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University Minnesota, and received my Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner .
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified in Psychiatry. My training and experiences as a clinician allow me to provide comprehensive client-focused mental healthcare across the lifespan. Some of my practice specialties include (but are not limited to) anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University Minnesota, and received my Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner .
(443) 323-2729 View (443) 323-2729
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Nimel Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, PhD, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sykesville, MD 21784
Hello, we know that the Pandemic has been difficult for everyone! We are here to provide that needed support. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, excellent and compassionate services to all our clients regardless of age, gender, economic, racial or ethnic background. Our team believe in holistic and natural approach to achievement of an optimal health. As such, our clients are part of their treatment plan, and we collaborate to develop the best care for each client
Hello, we know that the Pandemic has been difficult for everyone! We are here to provide that needed support. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, excellent and compassionate services to all our clients regardless of age, gender, economic, racial or ethnic background. Our team believe in holistic and natural approach to achievement of an optimal health. As such, our clients are part of their treatment plan, and we collaborate to develop the best care for each client
(410) 989-4623 View (410) 989-4623
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Harriett Neverdon-Fair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sykesville, MD 21784
The ideal client may be facing a range of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or other mood and behavioral difficulties. You may be encountering symptoms such as ongoing sadness, heightened anxiety, fluctuations in mood, trouble focusing, or impulsive behavior, all of which can have a substantial impact on your day-to-day life.
The ideal client may be facing a range of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or other mood and behavioral difficulties. You may be encountering symptoms such as ongoing sadness, heightened anxiety, fluctuations in mood, trouble focusing, or impulsive behavior, all of which can have a substantial impact on your day-to-day life.
(443) 390-7156 View (443) 390-7156
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Eldersburg, MD 21784
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(240) 245-2807 View (240) 245-2807

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Number of Psychiatrists in Woodstock, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Woodstock, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
50% Depression
50% Addiction
50% Child
50% Grief
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

18 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Woodstock, MD see their clients

100% In Person and Online

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Woodstock?

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.