Psychiatrists in Taylor, MI

Photo of Alicia Lane, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Taylor, MI
Alicia Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience working-in the psychiatric field working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience working-in the psychiatric field working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(734) 789-6312 View (734) 789-6312
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Lindsay Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180
Lindsay-Rose Dykema is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training at Columbia University. Lindsay-Rose is a queer psychiatrist and prison/police abolitionist who dabbles in narrative poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in psychiatric and leftist journals, poetry anthologies, and Slate Magazine. She will always offer a safe and affirming space. In her spare time, Lindsay-Rose enjoys yoga, running, writing, belting showtunes, petting cats.
Lindsay-Rose Dykema is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training at Columbia University. Lindsay-Rose is a queer psychiatrist and prison/police abolitionist who dabbles in narrative poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in psychiatric and leftist journals, poetry anthologies, and Slate Magazine. She will always offer a safe and affirming space. In her spare time, Lindsay-Rose enjoys yoga, running, writing, belting showtunes, petting cats.
(734) 849-4654 View (734) 849-4654
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Karrin Boylston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180
Karrin Boylston is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor's of science in Nursing from Western Governs University. Karrin is compassionate and cares about her patients from a holistic standpoint, not just the mental health diagnosis. Karrin loves pets, especially dogs! Outside of work, she loves to travel and experience different cultures. She also enjoys cooking big meals for her family.
Karrin Boylston is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor's of science in Nursing from Western Governs University. Karrin is compassionate and cares about her patients from a holistic standpoint, not just the mental health diagnosis. Karrin loves pets, especially dogs! Outside of work, she loves to travel and experience different cultures. She also enjoys cooking big meals for her family.
(734) 636-5965 View (734) 636-5965
Photo of Lindsay Rose Dunstan, Psychiatrist in Taylor, MI
Lindsay Rose Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Taylor, MI 48180
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
(313) 456-9932 View (313) 456-9932
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Zain Choudhry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180
My name is Zain Choudhry. I am currently 32 years old and have started my psychiatric practice here at Lifestance Health located in Taylor, MI. I was born and raised in Michigan in a small town called Grosse Ile. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences. Afterwards, I started medical school at St. George's University and graduated in 2018. I then started my residency back in the state of Michigan at Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. The bulk of my experience is outpatient based and is where my expertise lies.
My name is Zain Choudhry. I am currently 32 years old and have started my psychiatric practice here at Lifestance Health located in Taylor, MI. I was born and raised in Michigan in a small town called Grosse Ile. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences. Afterwards, I started medical school at St. George's University and graduated in 2018. I then started my residency back in the state of Michigan at Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. The bulk of my experience is outpatient based and is where my expertise lies.
(734) 428-3884 View (734) 428-3884
Photo of Eucheria Mbata, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Taylor, MI
Eucheria Mbata
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Taylor, MI 48180
As an integrative and functional medicine Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, I provide a holistic treatment approach for individuals seeking relief from mental distress. Medicine can be a helpful tool, but some people don't like to be on medication, while others want to be on the minimum amount possible; I will work with you to find that inner peace and freedom you desire. When needed, I prescribe psychiatric medication as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, including exercise, meditation, vitamins, and nutritional supplements
As an integrative and functional medicine Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, I provide a holistic treatment approach for individuals seeking relief from mental distress. Medicine can be a helpful tool, but some people don't like to be on medication, while others want to be on the minimum amount possible; I will work with you to find that inner peace and freedom you desire. When needed, I prescribe psychiatric medication as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, including exercise, meditation, vitamins, and nutritional supplements
(929) 412-1179 View (929) 412-1179
Photo of Dianna Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Taylor, MI
Dianna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Taylor, MI 48180
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-B is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider.
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-B is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider.
(919) 948-1213 View (919) 948-1213

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Rohan Kedar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48185
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
(734) 336-1900 View (734) 336-1900
Photo of Steven Clevenger, Psychiatrist in Taylor, MI
Steven Clevenger
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dearborn, MI 48120  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome, my name is Dr Steven Clevenger. I do not have an "ideal patient" as I have found that every one of my patients is very different. I have extensive experience with many different patient populations from middle class suburban, rural, incarcerated individuals, the unhoused, substance abuse issues, college student and adolescents. The toolbox of solution I have to draw from is broad. Patients I seek to treat are those motivated to change and seeking a path forward.
Hello and welcome, my name is Dr Steven Clevenger. I do not have an "ideal patient" as I have found that every one of my patients is very different. I have extensive experience with many different patient populations from middle class suburban, rural, incarcerated individuals, the unhoused, substance abuse issues, college student and adolescents. The toolbox of solution I have to draw from is broad. Patients I seek to treat are those motivated to change and seeking a path forward.
(313) 450-9318 View (313) 450-9318
Photo of Mfon Essien, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Taylor, MI
Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120
Hello, My name is Mfon Essien. I am psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I attended Walden University and attained my PMHNP.
Hello, My name is Mfon Essien. I am psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I attended Walden University and attained my PMHNP.
(313) 825-4818 View (313) 825-4818
Photo of Malini Shenava, Psychiatrist in Taylor, MI
Malini Shenava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Malini works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Malini believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Malini works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Malini believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(734) 205-1713 View (734) 205-1713
Photo of Cody Shinavier, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Taylor, MI
Cody Shinavier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Southgate, MI 48195
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
Photo of Taylor Hennrick, Physician Assistant in Taylor, MI
Taylor Hennrick
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Taylor is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Taylor was a collegiate athlete competing in Track & Field while majoring in Biology. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and then went on to the finish his Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Taylor has worked all over Southeast Michigan providing care to individuals of all social backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. He specializes in adult psychiatry offering psychiatric evaluations as well as psychotropic medication treatment and management.
Taylor is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Taylor was a collegiate athlete competing in Track & Field while majoring in Biology. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and then went on to the finish his Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Taylor has worked all over Southeast Michigan providing care to individuals of all social backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. He specializes in adult psychiatry offering psychiatric evaluations as well as psychotropic medication treatment and management.
(734) 442-2750 View (734) 442-2750
Photo of Curtis Norwick, Psychiatrist in Taylor, MI
Curtis Norwick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
(734) 808-3570 View (734) 808-3570
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48121
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers.
(734) 294-5776 View (734) 294-5776
Photo of Infinite Wellness Healthcare, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Taylor, MI
Infinite Wellness Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48124  (Online Only)
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
(248) 218-9429 View (248) 218-9429
Photo of Umeika Stephens, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Taylor, MI
Umeika Stephens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48228  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a Detroit native, she is acutely aware of the mental and physical health care needs in the community and the disparities that impact patients' access to culturally sensitive mental health services. My goal is to listen and help patients set goals and receive treatments that help them to become the versions of themselves. I believe that care occurs as a team effort with the patient as the expert in their lived experience. I offer pharmacogenetic testing for medications and truly strive to create patient centered care atmosphere.
As a Detroit native, she is acutely aware of the mental and physical health care needs in the community and the disparities that impact patients' access to culturally sensitive mental health services. My goal is to listen and help patients set goals and receive treatments that help them to become the versions of themselves. I believe that care occurs as a team effort with the patient as the expert in their lived experience. I offer pharmacogenetic testing for medications and truly strive to create patient centered care atmosphere.
(248) 574-8029 View (248) 574-8029
Photo of Patricia Frances Yourchock-Orr, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Taylor, MI
Patricia Frances Yourchock-Orr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH CNS
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
I work with individuals who have anxiety depression and have had treatment for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder or substance abuse
I work with individuals who have anxiety depression and have had treatment for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder or substance abuse
(734) 838-5031 View (734) 838-5031
Photo of Mfon Essien, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Taylor, MI
Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120
My ideal client would be someone who is currently taking on the burden of navigating the complexities of their mental health. Grappling with the struggles of depression, ADHD, bipolar, or even anxiety. Clients who are dealing with these specifics need a warm and comforting sense of well-being, as we work towards fine tuning their inner resilience, this will aid them to find self empowerment; with my personalized guidance, we'll work together as partners unlocking doors to bettered mental health.
My ideal client would be someone who is currently taking on the burden of navigating the complexities of their mental health. Grappling with the struggles of depression, ADHD, bipolar, or even anxiety. Clients who are dealing with these specifics need a warm and comforting sense of well-being, as we work towards fine tuning their inner resilience, this will aid them to find self empowerment; with my personalized guidance, we'll work together as partners unlocking doors to bettered mental health.
(313) 546-9643 View (313) 546-9643
Photo of Zeeshan Choudhry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Taylor, MI
Zeeshan Choudhry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Southgate, MI 48195
Hello I evaluate and prescribe medications for many diagnoses for kids and adults such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiance disorder as well as many others. I want to help you or your child the best that I can whether you want to come in person or are comfortable talking from home I am flexible. 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
Hello I evaluate and prescribe medications for many diagnoses for kids and adults such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiance disorder as well as many others. I want to help you or your child the best that I can whether you want to come in person or are comfortable talking from home I am flexible. 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
(800) 395-3223 View (800) 395-3223

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Taylor, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Taylor, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Trauma and PTSD
71% ADHD
71% Bipolar Disorder
71% Medication Management

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum
86% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Taylor, MI see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Taylor?

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.