Psychiatrists in Pulaski County, MO

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Hj Bains
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Robert, MO 65584
We are an advanced mental health clinic specializing in Depression ,PTSD and Anxiety disorders. We have been providing care for Veterans,Active duty personnel and military families for the last 20 years.
We are an advanced mental health clinic specializing in Depression ,PTSD and Anxiety disorders. We have been providing care for Veterans,Active duty personnel and military families for the last 20 years.
(417) 203-4367 View (417) 203-4367
Brighter Days Ahead
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richland, MO 65556  (Online Only)
I take a straight forward approach to treatment. Mental health is complex and requires assessment in several areas such as: biological,psychological, social and developmental aspects of a persons life. Together we will build a therapeutic alliance and if needed add medication management to the treatment for the best results. To do this we must be open and honest with one another and work together on your treatment goals.
I take a straight forward approach to treatment. Mental health is complex and requires assessment in several areas such as: biological,psychological, social and developmental aspects of a persons life. Together we will build a therapeutic alliance and if needed add medication management to the treatment for the best results. To do this we must be open and honest with one another and work together on your treatment goals.
(573) 652-2492 View (573) 652-2492
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Hopeful Mind Psychiatry Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Not Verified Not Verified
Richland, MO 65556
Welcome to Hopeful mind Psychiatry services. I am located in Midwest Missouri and work with ages 5 and up. “Putting an emotion into words gives it life and a reality that otherwise it doesn’t have…. Similarly, expressing confidence in a person’s ability to accomplish something actually strengthens that ability” -Arthur Gordon
Welcome to Hopeful mind Psychiatry services. I am located in Midwest Missouri and work with ages 5 and up. “Putting an emotion into words gives it life and a reality that otherwise it doesn’t have…. Similarly, expressing confidence in a person’s ability to accomplish something actually strengthens that ability” -Arthur Gordon
(417) 216-6779 View (417) 216-6779

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Springfield, MO 65806
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Jordan Calabrese
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dittmer, MO 63023
Are you struggling with Substance Use (SUD) or Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)? Sana Lake Recovery Center is the place for you. We offer a full system of care without the long wait to see licensed providers. Addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why we offer tailored treatment plans to meet your unique needs.
Are you struggling with Substance Use (SUD) or Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)? Sana Lake Recovery Center is the place for you. We offer a full system of care without the long wait to see licensed providers. Addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why we offer tailored treatment plans to meet your unique needs.
(636) 201-3500 View (636) 201-3500
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Brave Counseling & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MO 65203
You’ve been searching for help for a long time. You’ve tried every approach to find a psychiatrist, counselor, or coach you connect with. You’ve browsed countless websites and spoken in confidence to those you trust. You crave a real connection with a mental health professional—a person who understands you and has the expertise to help you achieve lasting change. You're looking for feedback and concrete tools. A clinician who affirms your values and who you are. We've got you if you're ready to dive in and do the real work! Our Brave mental health experts love working with teens, college students, young adults, and adults.
You’ve been searching for help for a long time. You’ve tried every approach to find a psychiatrist, counselor, or coach you connect with. You’ve browsed countless websites and spoken in confidence to those you trust. You crave a real connection with a mental health professional—a person who understands you and has the expertise to help you achieve lasting change. You're looking for feedback and concrete tools. A clinician who affirms your values and who you are. We've got you if you're ready to dive in and do the real work! Our Brave mental health experts love working with teens, college students, young adults, and adults.
(573) 766-4587 View (573) 766-4587
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Aisha Ahmouda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MO 65203
As a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I use my skills and time optimally to maximize my therapeutic affect on patients. I prioritize taking the time to establish a good rapport. I tend to a patient's psychological health needs, as well as physical health needs, maintaining a holistic approach. Providing quality care, to me, is about spending my day, from start to finish, making a patient's care experience excellent. This philosophy coincides with my personal goal to maintain a high level of intrinsic motivation to do more than just the minimum required of me, each and every day.
As a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I use my skills and time optimally to maximize my therapeutic affect on patients. I prioritize taking the time to establish a good rapport. I tend to a patient's psychological health needs, as well as physical health needs, maintaining a holistic approach. Providing quality care, to me, is about spending my day, from start to finish, making a patient's care experience excellent. This philosophy coincides with my personal goal to maintain a high level of intrinsic motivation to do more than just the minimum required of me, each and every day.
(573) 463-6606 x1 View (573) 463-6606 x1
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Rasha Elkady
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MO 65203  (Online Only)
I have been enjoying my work in psychiatry for the past 15 years and I wanted to provide a new and unique service to patients. I provide weekend and afternoon online appointments from the comfort of your own home. The importance of mental health cannot be stressed enough so why make it such a hassle to see a psychiatrist? At one simple click of a button, you can see a psychiatrist and receive a diagnosis tailored just for you. Times are changing, let’s make life easy.
I have been enjoying my work in psychiatry for the past 15 years and I wanted to provide a new and unique service to patients. I provide weekend and afternoon online appointments from the comfort of your own home. The importance of mental health cannot be stressed enough so why make it such a hassle to see a psychiatrist? At one simple click of a button, you can see a psychiatrist and receive a diagnosis tailored just for you. Times are changing, let’s make life easy.
(573) 799-3693 View (573) 799-3693
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Suzanne Opperman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CADC, CCTP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MO 65201  (Online Only)
I focus on providing safe interactive discussions of self evaluation and learning. Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT) is a method of seeing how your thinking leads to your emotions, which can lead to your anxiety and other behaviors. NURSING burnout, workplace violence coaching. Evaluating your past, where your emotions come from, and how those old emotions lead to what you say, do and how you feel now. People don't realize there were past traumatic events in their life. Sometimes people think their younger life was "normal" After learning what/when creates you to become anxious, there are reasons why. I currently do not prescribe.
I focus on providing safe interactive discussions of self evaluation and learning. Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT) is a method of seeing how your thinking leads to your emotions, which can lead to your anxiety and other behaviors. NURSING burnout, workplace violence coaching. Evaluating your past, where your emotions come from, and how those old emotions lead to what you say, do and how you feel now. People don't realize there were past traumatic events in their life. Sometimes people think their younger life was "normal" After learning what/when creates you to become anxious, there are reasons why. I currently do not prescribe.
(573) 994-3786 View (573) 994-3786
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MO 65201
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Dr. Evan Buckmiller
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MO 65203
Psychiatry is my passion. By helping you overcome your mental health symptoms with medication management, I can support you in getting back to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You deserve it.
Psychiatry is my passion. By helping you overcome your mental health symptoms with medication management, I can support you in getting back to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You deserve it.
(573) 273-4034 View (573) 273-4034
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Brandon Brewer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MO 65203  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients! I am a physician psychiatrist with fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This means that I have a well-rounded view of the various factors influencing your mental health. I evaluate and treat mental health issues in children, adolescents and adults. I conduct short psychotherapy sessions during encounters with my patients. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction in caring for your mental health needs.
Accepting NEW patients! I am a physician psychiatrist with fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This means that I have a well-rounded view of the various factors influencing your mental health. I evaluate and treat mental health issues in children, adolescents and adults. I conduct short psychotherapy sessions during encounters with my patients. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction in caring for your mental health needs.
(573) 363-2199 View (573) 363-2199
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Minds Matters MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Springfield, MO 65807
Welcome to MindsMattersMD LLC! Mine is a dynamic telepsychiatry practice designed to meet your mental wellness and overall health needs. I am board certified in general psychiatry. This coupled with a prior psychiatry residency training in the Republic of Ireland, and my background experience of working with patients with mental illnesses, and their families in Nigeria, gives me a unique perspective of the various important aspects of providing quality care.
Welcome to MindsMattersMD LLC! Mine is a dynamic telepsychiatry practice designed to meet your mental wellness and overall health needs. I am board certified in general psychiatry. This coupled with a prior psychiatry residency training in the Republic of Ireland, and my background experience of working with patients with mental illnesses, and their families in Nigeria, gives me a unique perspective of the various important aspects of providing quality care.
(417) 855-4813 View (417) 855-4813
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Springfield, MO 65806
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Megan Robison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Washington, MO 63090
Megan Robison is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner, a Post-Masters certification - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Bachelor of arts degree - Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in music. Megan's primary focus is on the diagnosis and management of psychiatric conditions with an emphasis on pharmacologic intervention. Outside of work, Megan enjoys rock climbing, hiking, gaming (board and video), terrible puns, trying new foods, and anything outdoors.
Megan Robison is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner, a Post-Masters certification - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Bachelor of arts degree - Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in music. Megan's primary focus is on the diagnosis and management of psychiatric conditions with an emphasis on pharmacologic intervention. Outside of work, Megan enjoys rock climbing, hiking, gaming (board and video), terrible puns, trying new foods, and anything outdoors.
(636) 303-1885 View (636) 303-1885
Photo of Dr. Morgan Alexander, Psychiatrist in Pulaski County, MO
Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MO 65201
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Sunlight Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Nixa, MO 65714  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Jaya LaFontaine. I am a board certified Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist, seeing people of all ages. I provide holistic, integrative virtual telepsychiatry services in the state of Missouri. Psychiatric practice has become solely about medicating symptoms rather than addressing the cause. I specialize in reducing polypharmacy, trauma-informed psychotherapy, and providing a safe, inclusive, confidential, and compassionate space for my patients who want to heal rather than numb their pain.
My name is Dr. Jaya LaFontaine. I am a board certified Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist, seeing people of all ages. I provide holistic, integrative virtual telepsychiatry services in the state of Missouri. Psychiatric practice has become solely about medicating symptoms rather than addressing the cause. I specialize in reducing polypharmacy, trauma-informed psychotherapy, and providing a safe, inclusive, confidential, and compassionate space for my patients who want to heal rather than numb their pain.
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Jerilyn Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MO 65203
I am accepting new patients. Are you depressed, anxious, having panic attacks, stressed out, have trouble concentrating or trouble sleeping? Are people around you telling you that you are easily irritated? You don't have to keep suffering. I can help you by providing a full psychiatric evaluation and offering medication management with brief therapy. I do this with empathy and compassion.
I am accepting new patients. Are you depressed, anxious, having panic attacks, stressed out, have trouble concentrating or trouble sleeping? Are people around you telling you that you are easily irritated? You don't have to keep suffering. I can help you by providing a full psychiatric evaluation and offering medication management with brief therapy. I do this with empathy and compassion.
(573) 973-3690 View (573) 973-3690
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Femi Popoola
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MO 65203
I am dual board-certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW TELEHEALTH PATIENTS for medication management for depression, anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, Eating Disorder, Schizophrenia, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, etc. If you are looking for a doctor who is empathic and an active listener, you have one in me.
I am dual board-certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW TELEHEALTH PATIENTS for medication management for depression, anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, Eating Disorder, Schizophrenia, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, etc. If you are looking for a doctor who is empathic and an active listener, you have one in me.
(573) 279-2951 View (573) 279-2951
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Enos Moss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Washington, MO 63090
EJ is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has been with Lifestance Health since January 2020. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Maryville University "“ St. Louis in 2001, and obtained his Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University "“ St. Louis in 2011. In 2016, he received his post-master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at Capella University and plans to complete his studies in 2023.
EJ is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has been with Lifestance Health since January 2020. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Maryville University "“ St. Louis in 2001, and obtained his Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University "“ St. Louis in 2011. In 2016, he received his post-master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at Capella University and plans to complete his studies in 2023.
(636) 747-1086 View (636) 747-1086

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Number of Psychiatrists in Pulaski County, MO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pulaski County, MO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Psychosis
67% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

7 Years

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

How Psychiatrists in Pulaski County, MO see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pulaski 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.