Psychiatrists in Wayne County, MI

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Photo of Shanta Nicole Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wayne County, MI
Shanta Nicole Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, C
Verified
Brownstown, MI 48134  (Online Only)
My belief is that you can overcome any obstacle you are facing. My mission is for you to achieve personal growth, symptom reduction/resolution, and obtain a functional and satisfying life. Furthermore, my goal is to provide you with an environment that is relaxing and therapeutic by using a holistic approach to treating the mind, spirit, and body. Having a trusting and professional relationship with your Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner should be long-lasting, personal, and fulfilling. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and families, and I have experience in a wide range of mental health disorders.
My belief is that you can overcome any obstacle you are facing. My mission is for you to achieve personal growth, symptom reduction/resolution, and obtain a functional and satisfying life. Furthermore, my goal is to provide you with an environment that is relaxing and therapeutic by using a holistic approach to treating the mind, spirit, and body. Having a trusting and professional relationship with your Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner should be long-lasting, personal, and fulfilling. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and families, and I have experience in a wide range of mental health disorders.
(947) 208-4181 View (947) 208-4181
Photo of New Oakland Family Center, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wayne County, MI
New Oakland Family Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
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) 393-3223 View (800) 393-3223
Photo of Michael White Jr., Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wayne County, MI
Michael White Jr.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48226
In 2023, I successfully completed my Master of Nursing (MSN) degree and obtained board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My approach to patient care is centered around holistic treatment and a collaborative team approach.
In 2023, I successfully completed my Master of Nursing (MSN) degree and obtained board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My approach to patient care is centered around holistic treatment and a collaborative team approach.
(313) 889-7158 View (313) 889-7158
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Lindsay Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD
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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GT Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Plymouth, MI 48170  (Online Only)
My ideal client is self aware and is openly seeking treatment options. Clients should be open to discussing their mental health and developing an individualized treatment plan to meet their goals.
My ideal client is self aware and is openly seeking treatment options. Clients should be open to discussing their mental health and developing an individualized treatment plan to meet their goals.
(248) 266-9880 View (248) 266-9880
Photo of Angela Goodson, Psychiatrist in Wayne County, MI
Angela Goodson
Psychiatrist, PMHNP
Verified
Canton, MI 48187
Angela Goodson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has practicing since 2022. She has a Post Masters certification in Psychiatric Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner. Angela's treatment philosophy is to build a partnership with each and every individual that is focused on developing a treatment plan together that aims to achieve remission of symptoms while improving quality and quantity of life. In her spare time, Angela enjoys running, biking, reading, and traveling.
Angela Goodson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has practicing since 2022. She has a Post Masters certification in Psychiatric Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner. Angela's treatment philosophy is to build a partnership with each and every individual that is focused on developing a treatment plan together that aims to achieve remission of symptoms while improving quality and quantity of life. In her spare time, Angela enjoys running, biking, reading, and traveling.
(734) 396-8954 View (734) 396-8954
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Zeeshan Choudhry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
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
Melanie Moore
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48152
Hi, I'm Melanie and I provide compassionate care to better understand your symptoms and discuss treatment options. I prioritize learning more of a holistic view of the patient to better understand symptoms. Maybe you are having lower moods or anxiety which are leading to other symptoms such trouble sleeping, eating, or focusing, let's discuss it. I offer psychiatric services such as evaluation and medication management (if needed) for adolescents and adults. Maybe you don't need medication or you want to try limiting the amount of medication you take. Let's talk about it in a nonjudgemental and relaxed way.
Hi, I'm Melanie and I provide compassionate care to better understand your symptoms and discuss treatment options. I prioritize learning more of a holistic view of the patient to better understand symptoms. Maybe you are having lower moods or anxiety which are leading to other symptoms such trouble sleeping, eating, or focusing, let's discuss it. I offer psychiatric services such as evaluation and medication management (if needed) for adolescents and adults. Maybe you don't need medication or you want to try limiting the amount of medication you take. Let's talk about it in a nonjudgemental and relaxed way.
(734) 215-9959 View (734) 215-9959
Photo of Karrin Boylston, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wayne County, MI
Karrin Boylston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
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 Wayne County, MI
Lindsay Rose Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
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
Photo of Alicia Lane, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wayne County, MI
Alicia Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
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
Photo of Amy Salley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wayne County, MI
Amy Salley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48150
Hello! With 18 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse, I've dedicated myself to understanding, caring for, and advocating for individuals on their mental health journeys. Recently licensed as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I merge my expertise and skills to offer comprehensive mental health care. I've worked in various settings including inpatient units, community centers, and outpatient clinics, fostering a holistic view of mental health treatment.
Hello! With 18 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse, I've dedicated myself to understanding, caring for, and advocating for individuals on their mental health journeys. Recently licensed as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I merge my expertise and skills to offer comprehensive mental health care. I've worked in various settings including inpatient units, community centers, and outpatient clinics, fostering a holistic view of mental health treatment.
(800) 395-3223 View (800) 395-3223
Photo of Maria Villafuerte, Psychiatrist in Wayne County, MI
Maria Villafuerte
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48154
I offer psychiatric evaluations for age 15 and above who are considering medication for a variety of mental health conditions. I treat patients experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. 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.
I offer psychiatric evaluations for age 15 and above who are considering medication for a variety of mental health conditions. I treat patients experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. 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.
(734) 366-4443 View (734) 366-4443
Photo of Umeika Stephens, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wayne County, MI
Umeika Stephens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Redford, MI 48240  (Online Only)
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 New Oakland Family Centers, Psychiatrist in Wayne County, MI
New Oakland Family Centers
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48154
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.
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.
(734) 802-0879 View (734) 802-0879
Premier Behavioral Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Livonia, MI 48152
I am a board certified psychiatrist with second board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry. My passion is to work with all age ranges from treating a broad range of diagnosis. I have an extensive experience working with child/ Adult population. Our office is at a very convenient location with easy access to private/public transportation. We have flexible schedule including evenings and weekend appointments. We are accepting new patients with short wait time.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with second board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry. My passion is to work with all age ranges from treating a broad range of diagnosis. I have an extensive experience working with child/ Adult population. Our office is at a very convenient location with easy access to private/public transportation. We have flexible schedule including evenings and weekend appointments. We are accepting new patients with short wait time.
(248) 918-2273 View (248) 918-2273
Photo of Robert John Lagrou, Psychiatrist in Wayne County, MI
Robert John Lagrou
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
5 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48226  (Online Only)
Dr. Lagrou and his psychiatric team have immediate openings for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Don't wait for months at other clinics when we can get you in today. We offer both in person and telehealth option via secure video sessions. We specialize in the management of treatment resistant depression. In addition to traditional modalities, Dr. Lagrou offers TMS and Spravato treatment options.
Dr. Lagrou and his psychiatric team have immediate openings for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Don't wait for months at other clinics when we can get you in today. We offer both in person and telehealth option via secure video sessions. We specialize in the management of treatment resistant depression. In addition to traditional modalities, Dr. Lagrou offers TMS and Spravato treatment options.
(313) 217-3365 View (313) 217-3365
Photo of Ryan Volk, Physician Assistant in Wayne County, MI
Ryan Volk
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Detroit, MI 48243
Ryan is a Certified Physician Assistant on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York and Michigan.
Ryan is a Certified Physician Assistant on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York and Michigan.
(516) 715-5083 View (516) 715-5083
Photo of VirtualPsych™, Psychiatrist in Wayne County, MI
VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Detroit, MI 48226
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 (248) 422-0035 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 (248) 422-0035 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(248) 422-0035 View (248) 422-0035
Photo of Heather Castile, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wayne County, MI
Heather Castile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, DNP
Verified
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
Heather is an advocate for patient centered holistic care and how mental wellbeing is also related to your physical health. With her experiences as a neurology and intensive care registered nurse in the inpatient setting, she has grown a passion for bridging gaps in healthcare. Heather believes in collaboration-based care incorporating psychotherapy and medication when needed. Her goal as a provider is to create an individualized treatment plan leading you to a path of self-empowerment.
Heather is an advocate for patient centered holistic care and how mental wellbeing is also related to your physical health. With her experiences as a neurology and intensive care registered nurse in the inpatient setting, she has grown a passion for bridging gaps in healthcare. Heather believes in collaboration-based care incorporating psychotherapy and medication when needed. Her goal as a provider is to create an individualized treatment plan leading you to a path of self-empowerment.
(313) 986-4940 View (313) 986-4940

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Number of Psychiatrists in Wayne County, MI

90+

Average cost per session

$232

Psychiatrists in Wayne County, MI who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
71% Bipolar Disorder
70% Trauma and PTSD
69% Medication Management
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Aetna
69% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Wayne County, MI see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wayne 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.