Psychiatrists in Okemos, MI

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Cody Shinavier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Okemos, MI 48864
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 . . . any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 . . . any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
(800) 395-3223 View (800) 395-3223
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Healthy Minds Psychiatric & TMS Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Okemos, MI 48864
Dr. Ahmed is a Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Ahmed has many years of experience in treating mental illnesses. After an initial diagnostic interview, individualized treatment plan is discussed with clients. This may include medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of both depending on your symptoms and needs. Dr. Ahmed also offers TMS treatment for Depression in his Okemos office. Dr. Ahmed treats clients with mental illnesses like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Ahmed is a Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Ahmed has many years of experience in treating mental illnesses. After an initial diagnostic interview, individualized treatment plan is discussed with clients. This may include medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of both depending on your symptoms and needs. Dr. Ahmed also offers TMS treatment for Depression in his Okemos office. Dr. Ahmed treats clients with mental illnesses like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
(517) 618-0934 View (517) 618-0934
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Neurobehavioral Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Okemos, MI 48864
The Center for Neurobehavioral Health and Wellness offers comprehensive integrative psychiatry services. We focus on integrative strategies to reach optimal mental health and overall wellness. While we do prescribe medication, greater emphasis is placed on other factors known to contribute to improved wellbeing; such as prescription grade vitamin and supplement replacement, expansive psychotherapy, energy work, 13-week comprehensive wellness program, personality work, etc. These programs strive to provide a more comprehensive model of treatment than is available through traditional psychiatry services.
The Center for Neurobehavioral Health and Wellness offers comprehensive integrative psychiatry services. We focus on integrative strategies to reach optimal mental health and overall wellness. While we do prescribe medication, greater emphasis is placed on other factors known to contribute to improved wellbeing; such as prescription grade vitamin and supplement replacement, expansive psychotherapy, energy work, 13-week comprehensive wellness program, personality work, etc. These programs strive to provide a more comprehensive model of treatment than is available through traditional psychiatry services.
(517) 742-3155 View (517) 742-3155
Kathleen Frybarger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Okemos, MI 48864
I have been providing behavioral health services for more than 30 years in a variety of roles and settings. For the last five years, I have been a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner assisting individuals and families to have their best lives possible through the evaluation and medication management of psychiatric diagnoses. As a member of the New Oakland Family Centers team, I provide levels of outpatient care to fit each individual's need. For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services.
I have been providing behavioral health services for more than 30 years in a variety of roles and settings. For the last five years, I have been a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner assisting individuals and families to have their best lives possible through the evaluation and medication management of psychiatric diagnoses. As a member of the New Oakland Family Centers team, I provide levels of outpatient care to fit each individual's need. For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services.
(517) 994-1162 View (517) 994-1162
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A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Okemos, MI 48864  (Online Only)
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
(517) 210-1004 View (517) 210-1004
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Krista Askins Bedells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Okemos, MI 48864  (Online Only)
Krista is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in anxiety and depression. Krista works with adults 18 years of age and older. She provides holistic care with a patient centered approach that includes medication management and supportive therapy. Her practice is mainly virtual. Krista has over 13 years working as a nurse in hospital settings, urgent care, private practice, and community mental health agencies. Krista has been a PMHNP-BC since 2018.
Krista is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in anxiety and depression. Krista works with adults 18 years of age and older. She provides holistic care with a patient centered approach that includes medication management and supportive therapy. Her practice is mainly virtual. Krista has over 13 years working as a nurse in hospital settings, urgent care, private practice, and community mental health agencies. Krista has been a PMHNP-BC since 2018.
(517) 797-1956 View (517) 797-1956
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Heidi Chriss
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Okemos, MI 48864
At Traini Counseling, we offer a wide range of services designed to support your mental health needs. Whether you're an adult or a child, we have specialized prescribers ready to provide expert guidance and prescribe medications tailored to your unique requirements. Benefit from in-office or video consultations with TCG prescribers for quicker relief from symptoms related to bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. Whether discussing treatment options or seeking a prescription refill, our prescribers are here to assist, with appointments available every 20 minutes.
At Traini Counseling, we offer a wide range of services designed to support your mental health needs. Whether you're an adult or a child, we have specialized prescribers ready to provide expert guidance and prescribe medications tailored to your unique requirements. Benefit from in-office or video consultations with TCG prescribers for quicker relief from symptoms related to bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. Whether discussing treatment options or seeking a prescription refill, our prescribers are here to assist, with appointments available every 20 minutes.
(810) 631-3045 View (810) 631-3045

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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lansing, MI 48933  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Edward Rodriguez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lansing, MI 48901
Psychiatric patients have a wide range of symptoms, and come from every walk of life. Ultimately, psychiatry is about helping people who are having difficulty reaching their potential. While the focus is on symptoms and their treatment, the goal is to improve the ability to function. Thus, I am interested particularly in people who want to improve themselves.
Psychiatric patients have a wide range of symptoms, and come from every walk of life. Ultimately, psychiatry is about helping people who are having difficulty reaching their potential. While the focus is on symptoms and their treatment, the goal is to improve the ability to function. Thus, I am interested particularly in people who want to improve themselves.
(517) 921-1532 View (517) 921-1532
Luann Watts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Luann Watts is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating the mental health needs of clients of all ages, diagnoses and needs. Luann has 20 years of experience working in healthcare including private practice, hospital and a state of the art free-standing behavioral health hospital supporting a trauma informed care approach. Luann supports motivation interviewing style while providing mental health diagnosis, medication treatment and management while also educating the patient. Luann strives to put her patients needs first.
Luann Watts is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating the mental health needs of clients of all ages, diagnoses and needs. Luann has 20 years of experience working in healthcare including private practice, hospital and a state of the art free-standing behavioral health hospital supporting a trauma informed care approach. Luann supports motivation interviewing style while providing mental health diagnosis, medication treatment and management while also educating the patient. Luann strives to put her patients needs first.
(877) 330-2459 View (877) 330-2459
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Devan Stevens
Physician Assistant, PA-C, OTR/L
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lansing, MI 48912  (Online Only)
Hi, I am a PA in psychiatry and am accepting new clients remotely. Remote visits are convenient and allow you to take the appointment from your phone or home according to your schedule. Have you been diagnosed with or suspect that you have anxiety, depression, or insomnia? Do you desire wellness and peace, but find that there are obstacles that are difficult to navigate. Obstacles such as ADHD, OCD, or mood swings. Have you felt unheard or misunderstood by doctors and therapists? Or do you want to figure out what's going on with your thoughts and/or behaviors.
Hi, I am a PA in psychiatry and am accepting new clients remotely. Remote visits are convenient and allow you to take the appointment from your phone or home according to your schedule. Have you been diagnosed with or suspect that you have anxiety, depression, or insomnia? Do you desire wellness and peace, but find that there are obstacles that are difficult to navigate. Obstacles such as ADHD, OCD, or mood swings. Have you felt unheard or misunderstood by doctors and therapists? Or do you want to figure out what's going on with your thoughts and/or behaviors.
(231) 427-0562 View (231) 427-0562
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lansing, MI 48910
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (517) 507-3108 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (517) 507-3108 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(517) 507-3108 View (517) 507-3108
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Princewell Onwere
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823  (Online Only)
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
(517) 429-2005 View (517) 429-2005
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Lori DiLorenzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
I have been an RN for 20 years and an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatry since 2007. I absolutely LOVE what I do, my patients, and Lifestance!.
I have been an RN for 20 years and an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatry since 2007. I absolutely LOVE what I do, my patients, and Lifestance!.
(517) 836-5085 View (517) 836-5085
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TelaMD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lansing, MI 48910
TelaMD offers Mental Health Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a provider at your convenience. We have a waiting period of only a few days and are currently accepting patients. Please call us at (248) 216-1901 if you would like to set up an appointment.Schedule online at phreesia.me/TelewebMD
TelaMD offers Mental Health Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a provider at your convenience. We have a waiting period of only a few days and are currently accepting patients. Please call us at (248) 216-1901 if you would like to set up an appointment.Schedule online at phreesia.me/TelewebMD
(248) 216-1901 View (248) 216-1901
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Raed Yousif
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Dr. Raed Yousif is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2006. He is a Medical Doctor with an American board certification in psychiatry, an American board certification in addiction psychiatry, and a Master's degree in basic medical science from Wayne State University. Dr. Yousif interviews the client, makes a diagnosis, and decides on the best way to treat the client. Outside of work, Dr. Yousif enjoys reading, listening to music, soccer, and table tennis.
Dr. Raed Yousif is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2006. He is a Medical Doctor with an American board certification in psychiatry, an American board certification in addiction psychiatry, and a Master's degree in basic medical science from Wayne State University. Dr. Yousif interviews the client, makes a diagnosis, and decides on the best way to treat the client. Outside of work, Dr. Yousif enjoys reading, listening to music, soccer, and table tennis.
(517) 201-0299 View (517) 201-0299
Photo of Jen Gonzalez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okemos, MI
Jen Gonzalez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
I believe in a holistic approach to mental health. Our mind and body are connected to make up who we are. Getting better is often hard work that requires commitment and patience. There will be times you may want to give up but know that I will be with you every step of the way. I listen with an open mind and will always work within your comfort level. My goal is to help you get well with as little medication as possible.
I believe in a holistic approach to mental health. Our mind and body are connected to make up who we are. Getting better is often hard work that requires commitment and patience. There will be times you may want to give up but know that I will be with you every step of the way. I listen with an open mind and will always work within your comfort level. My goal is to help you get well with as little medication as possible.
(517) 401-4188 View (517) 401-4188
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Tonya Lake
Psychiatric Nurse, NP
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Tonya graduated with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus in Psychiatry from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University. Tonya is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents and adults. She provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy for a variety of mental health conditions. Her goal is to provide a non-judgemental, therapeutic atmosphere where patients feel comfortable speaking openly about and exploring their struggles.
Tonya graduated with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus in Psychiatry from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University. Tonya is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents and adults. She provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy for a variety of mental health conditions. Her goal is to provide a non-judgemental, therapeutic atmosphere where patients feel comfortable speaking openly about and exploring their struggles.
(517) 836-5011 View (517) 836-5011
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Margo Alhstrom
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Lansing, MI 48901
Meet with a Board Certified Physician’s Assistant to see if mental health medication is right for you. Whether you’d like to discuss treatment options, or just need a prescription refill, our prescribers can help. Appointments available every 20 minutes.
Meet with a Board Certified Physician’s Assistant to see if mental health medication is right for you. Whether you’d like to discuss treatment options, or just need a prescription refill, our prescribers can help. Appointments available every 20 minutes.
(810) 957-8347 View (810) 957-8347
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Michigan Psychiatric & Primary Care Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Not accepting new clients
Our mission is to exceed the patient’s expectations. We promote the wellbeing of the individuals and families in the Greater Lansing Area community, and throughout the state by providing accessible, quality mental health & primary care for children, adolescents, adults, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes integrity, optimism, respect and compassion. We are committed to quality mental health & primary care provided in a collaborative effort with patients’ overall health strategies and an array of medical services.
Our mission is to exceed the patient’s expectations. We promote the wellbeing of the individuals and families in the Greater Lansing Area community, and throughout the state by providing accessible, quality mental health & primary care for children, adolescents, adults, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes integrity, optimism, respect and compassion. We are committed to quality mental health & primary care provided in a collaborative effort with patients’ overall health strategies and an array of medical services.
(517) 236-8586 View (517) 236-8586

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Okemos, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Okemos, MI who prioritize treating:

57% Depression
57% Anxiety
43% ADHD
43% Trauma and PTSD
43% Psychosis
43% Sleep or Insomnia
43% Stress

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Blue Care Network
100% McLaren

How Psychiatrists in Okemos, MI see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Male
40% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Okemos?

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.