Psychiatrists in Penobscot County, ME

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Photo of Julia Gallant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Julia Gallant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
Welcome to Eastern Sky Wellness, a telepsychiatry practice for adult residents of Maine. I offer diagnostic and medication services for adults with conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar spectrum, and ADHD. Clients who come to me are often feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and are looking for support. They might be on medication that isn't working and want another opinion, or perhaps want to explore the idea of discontinuing current long-term medication(s). Many are doing well with their medication and just need a new prescriber. Regardless, everyone wants to feel and function at their best.
Welcome to Eastern Sky Wellness, a telepsychiatry practice for adult residents of Maine. I offer diagnostic and medication services for adults with conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar spectrum, and ADHD. Clients who come to me are often feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and are looking for support. They might be on medication that isn't working and want another opinion, or perhaps want to explore the idea of discontinuing current long-term medication(s). Many are doing well with their medication and just need a new prescriber. Regardless, everyone wants to feel and function at their best.
(207) 436-8941 View (207) 436-8941
Photo of Lina M Zapata Samarel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Lina M Zapata Samarel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
(207) 218-0736 View (207) 218-0736
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Arbor Psychiatry Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS,
Verified Verified
Orono, ME 04473
I believe that everyone has a right to transparent and caring mental health treatment. Mental health is just as important as physical health and often there is significant overlap, when the mind is not healthy the body suffers. I have experience working with children and adults, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with patients on a variety of concerns: anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, grief, addiction as well as other disorders. I believe that with support and guidance mental illness should not hold back anyone from living a fulfilling and happy life. I offer both in-person and telehealth.
I believe that everyone has a right to transparent and caring mental health treatment. Mental health is just as important as physical health and often there is significant overlap, when the mind is not healthy the body suffers. I have experience working with children and adults, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with patients on a variety of concerns: anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, grief, addiction as well as other disorders. I believe that with support and guidance mental illness should not hold back anyone from living a fulfilling and happy life. I offer both in-person and telehealth.
(207) 204-8453 View (207) 204-8453
Photo of Alicia Soucy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Alicia Soucy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
(207) 230-6251 View (207) 230-6251
Photo of Tonya Shantel Escobar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Tonya Shantel Escobar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, with the ability to Prescribe Psych MEDS if needed.
www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, with the ability to Prescribe Psych MEDS if needed.
(707) 506-0433 View (707) 506-0433
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Shannon Grose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
Shannon Grose is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She attended Dabney S Lancaster Community College where she obtained her associate's degree in nursing and Frontier Nursing University where she obtained her graduate degree in nursing. She started her career as a registered nurse working in both the emergency department and correctional facility settings. As a family nurse practitioner, she has gained experience serving a diverse population of all ages via in-person and virtual care settings. Start working on an improved journey to a healthier lifestyle today.
Shannon Grose is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She attended Dabney S Lancaster Community College where she obtained her associate's degree in nursing and Frontier Nursing University where she obtained her graduate degree in nursing. She started her career as a registered nurse working in both the emergency department and correctional facility settings. As a family nurse practitioner, she has gained experience serving a diverse population of all ages via in-person and virtual care settings. Start working on an improved journey to a healthier lifestyle today.
(207) 230-6108 View (207) 230-6108
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Unitas Healthcare Systems
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
Immediate Availability! Currently Accepting New Patients! Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Maine through the use of telehealth.
Immediate Availability! Currently Accepting New Patients! Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Maine through the use of telehealth.
(617) 401-7441 View (617) 401-7441
Photo of Unitas Healthcare Systems, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Unitas Healthcare Systems
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orono, ME 04473  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! Immediate Appointments Available! Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Maine through the use of telehealth.
Accepting New Patients! Immediate Appointments Available! Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Maine through the use of telehealth.
(617) 401-7441 View (617) 401-7441
StonyCreek Psychotherapy and Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
Immediate Openings: Amanda Scola, PMHNP: We are excited to announce a new addition to our Medication Management team! Amanda has extensive background in working in trauma-informed and recovery settings. She is available for Monday-Thursday appointments via telehealth. She currently accepts commercial insurance and self-pay.
Immediate Openings: Amanda Scola, PMHNP: We are excited to announce a new addition to our Medication Management team! Amanda has extensive background in working in trauma-informed and recovery settings. She is available for Monday-Thursday appointments via telehealth. She currently accepts commercial insurance and self-pay.
(207) 656-1358 x1 View (207) 656-1358 x1
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Micaela Brooke Strevay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Orono, ME 04473  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I've worked with patients in various inpatient and outpatient settings. My expertise lies in helping individuals dealing with substance abuse, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I rely on the latest DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatments to support my patients in regaining their well-being. I firmly believe that mental health holds the same significance as physical health, and my objective is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness while encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being.
Hi there! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I've worked with patients in various inpatient and outpatient settings. My expertise lies in helping individuals dealing with substance abuse, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I rely on the latest DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatments to support my patients in regaining their well-being. I firmly believe that mental health holds the same significance as physical health, and my objective is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness while encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being.
(207) 865-8840 View (207) 865-8840
Photo of Julie Racine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Julie Racine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bangor, ME 04401
As a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I treat both children and adults of all ages. Together, we will partner to treat you with a holistic, integrative approach. I listen to, and get to know my clients from a social, medical and mental health perspective. I am currently accepting new patients for telepsychiatry visits.
As a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I treat both children and adults of all ages. Together, we will partner to treat you with a holistic, integrative approach. I listen to, and get to know my clients from a social, medical and mental health perspective. I am currently accepting new patients for telepsychiatry visits.
(207) 203-6916 View (207) 203-6916
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Jan C Lorenz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bangor, ME 04401
Hello! First and foremost, I am a Christian. My faith enables me to be hopeful and believe that we are all created equally and to treat each other with respect and kindness. I believe each of us have different gifts and face different challenges and have different needs. My philosophy is simple. I work for you. I accept -preteen, teens, parents, singles, people in relationships, and seniors. I'm not hell-bent on loading you up with as many medications as I can- I believe a holistic approach with emphasis on self-wellness, sleep hygiene, exercise, healthy diet, supplements, but sometimes medication(s) are needed.
Hello! First and foremost, I am a Christian. My faith enables me to be hopeful and believe that we are all created equally and to treat each other with respect and kindness. I believe each of us have different gifts and face different challenges and have different needs. My philosophy is simple. I work for you. I accept -preteen, teens, parents, singles, people in relationships, and seniors. I'm not hell-bent on loading you up with as many medications as I can- I believe a holistic approach with emphasis on self-wellness, sleep hygiene, exercise, healthy diet, supplements, but sometimes medication(s) are needed.
(207) 598-4881 View (207) 598-4881
Photo of Mood Clinic, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
(207) 605-8405 View (207) 605-8405
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Danielle Sipsock
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
Finding the right person to trust and rely on for help can be hard. I listen and work with my patients and their families in order to create a safe, reliable, and collaborative space to address their problems while also identifying their strengths for overcoming barriers to achieving success and deeper satisfaction in relationships and life as a whole. I am a double board certified and Brown University trained psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry and a small private practice personalized to each of my patient's needs.
Finding the right person to trust and rely on for help can be hard. I listen and work with my patients and their families in order to create a safe, reliable, and collaborative space to address their problems while also identifying their strengths for overcoming barriers to achieving success and deeper satisfaction in relationships and life as a whole. I am a double board certified and Brown University trained psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry and a small private practice personalized to each of my patient's needs.
(207) 292-5761 View (207) 292-5761
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
(517) 743-0945 View (517) 743-0945
Photo of Laura Feaga, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Laura Feaga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bangor, ME 04401
I specialize in the psychiatric care of the public safety community. I provide crisis intervention and stabilization, medications, supportive therapy, and complementary and alternative treatments to help with sleep, anxiety, trauma and mood. My practice incorporates polyvagal strategies, alpha stim, nutrition, and mindfulness in ways that are culturally appropriate for first responders and military veterans to help you understand and learn to control your nervous system. I also do trainings for departments on wellness, resilience, and stress as well as critical incident stress management.
I specialize in the psychiatric care of the public safety community. I provide crisis intervention and stabilization, medications, supportive therapy, and complementary and alternative treatments to help with sleep, anxiety, trauma and mood. My practice incorporates polyvagal strategies, alpha stim, nutrition, and mindfulness in ways that are culturally appropriate for first responders and military veterans to help you understand and learn to control your nervous system. I also do trainings for departments on wellness, resilience, and stress as well as critical incident stress management.
(207) 387-8202 View (207) 387-8202
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Aurora Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I have worked with all ages, both inpatient and outpatient and would be honored to be your partner in healing and happiness. I work with patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, trauma and grief as well as psychotic disorders. I believe that every person deserves to live the best life that they can and that mental illness should not be a barrier to a happy life. I deliver care via telehealth. I currently am only accepting credit card payment but am happy to provide a detailed bill for submission to insurance if requested.
I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I have worked with all ages, both inpatient and outpatient and would be honored to be your partner in healing and happiness. I work with patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, trauma and grief as well as psychotic disorders. I believe that every person deserves to live the best life that they can and that mental illness should not be a barrier to a happy life. I deliver care via telehealth. I currently am only accepting credit card payment but am happy to provide a detailed bill for submission to insurance if requested.
(207) 802-7230 View (207) 802-7230
Photo of Janet Zalanskas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Janet Zalanskas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH NP, PMH CS, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401
People looking to clarify diagnosis and for psychiatric medication. Helping patients to minimize side effects from medications.
People looking to clarify diagnosis and for psychiatric medication. Helping patients to minimize side effects from medications.
(207) 255-7770 View (207) 255-7770
Photo of Jennifer Foresman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Jennifer Foresman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
(307) 206-0954 View (307) 206-0954
Photo of Moosehead Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Penobscot County, ME
Moosehead Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
I offer treatment with medication and supportive psychotherapy for mental health struggles including anxiety and mood, substance abuse, and severe and persistent mental illness. I do not provide formal therapy and defer to skilled and trained clinicians for those services. I understand that some folks fear stigma with treatment for mental health challenges and have tailored my program to effectively provide integrative treatment, and have become a Spravato provider.
I offer treatment with medication and supportive psychotherapy for mental health struggles including anxiety and mood, substance abuse, and severe and persistent mental illness. I do not provide formal therapy and defer to skilled and trained clinicians for those services. I understand that some folks fear stigma with treatment for mental health challenges and have tailored my program to effectively provide integrative treatment, and have become a Spravato provider.
(207) 386-4417 View (207) 386-4417

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Number of Psychiatrists in Penobscot County, ME

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Penobscot County, ME who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
92% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Optum
82% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Penobscot County, ME see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Penobscot County?

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.