Psychiatrists in Meridian, MS

Photo of Lindsey J Rogers, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lindsey J Rogers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Meridian, MS 39305  (Online Only)
I have over 18 years of nursing experience with roughly ten of those years in the mental health field. I have gained experience by providing optimal care for diverse populations, managing various diagnoses, and incorporating multiple treatment modalities across vastly different cultures. My philosophy of care includes integrating therapeutic perspectives between each client, the clinician, family members or support persons, and the environment while accommodating fluctuation of mental states, stressors, financial status, social stigmas, and access to care.
I have over 18 years of nursing experience with roughly ten of those years in the mental health field. I have gained experience by providing optimal care for diverse populations, managing various diagnoses, and incorporating multiple treatment modalities across vastly different cultures. My philosophy of care includes integrating therapeutic perspectives between each client, the clinician, family members or support persons, and the environment while accommodating fluctuation of mental states, stressors, financial status, social stigmas, and access to care.
(601) 476-5756 View (601) 476-5756
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Terkita Kennedy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, MS 39305  (Online Only)
Book with me using my website link. My goal is to focus on holistic treatment to help alleviate problems that affect daily activities and to enhance clients' knowledge of mental disorders. The effect of mental illness can cause individuals to feel overwhelmed and alone.
Book with me using my website link. My goal is to focus on holistic treatment to help alleviate problems that affect daily activities and to enhance clients' knowledge of mental disorders. The effect of mental illness can cause individuals to feel overwhelmed and alone.
(601) 348-9870 View (601) 348-9870
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Kelli Pruitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, MS 39301  (Online Only)
I'm Kelli, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
I'm Kelli, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
(601) 688-7398 View (601) 688-7398
Tina Clearman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Meridian, MS 39301
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, it will be my goal to help and advocate for patients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion. I bring with me a unique set of skills that have fostered my urge to helping those most in need. I have served adolescent, geriatric, inpatient, outpatient, community settings and correctional populations.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, it will be my goal to help and advocate for patients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion. I bring with me a unique set of skills that have fostered my urge to helping those most in need. I have served adolescent, geriatric, inpatient, outpatient, community settings and correctional populations.
(601) 996-5588 View (601) 996-5588
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Katrina Landrum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
25 Endorsed
Meridian, MS 39301
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 18+ years of progressive experience supporting the health outcomes of patients across the lifespan. I have specialized experience in behavioral health environments. My clinical expertise includes treating both children and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, sleep behaviors and substance abuse. I am highly analytical with experience developing and implementing data-driven care plans aligned with patient needs to include education, referrals, screenings, assessments, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 18+ years of progressive experience supporting the health outcomes of patients across the lifespan. I have specialized experience in behavioral health environments. My clinical expertise includes treating both children and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, sleep behaviors and substance abuse. I am highly analytical with experience developing and implementing data-driven care plans aligned with patient needs to include education, referrals, screenings, assessments, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.
(601) 265-7357 View (601) 265-7357
Photo of Kelli Pruit, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kelli Pruit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, MS 39301  (Online Only)
I'm Kelli, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
I'm Kelli, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
(601) 804-3135 View (601) 804-3135
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Traci Gibbs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP-B, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Meridian, MS 39301
As a mental health provider with 20 years of experience, my goal is to facilitate clients with stabilization and optimize their mental and behavioral health awareness to improve their quality of life. Providing a comfortable environment is priority to allow the client to express their concerns. Medication management coupled with CBT, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy assist with problem-solving and facilitate growth. I encourage clients to become involved in their treatment goals and understand their mental health and wellness. Your mental health is your wealth!
As a mental health provider with 20 years of experience, my goal is to facilitate clients with stabilization and optimize their mental and behavioral health awareness to improve their quality of life. Providing a comfortable environment is priority to allow the client to express their concerns. Medication management coupled with CBT, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy assist with problem-solving and facilitate growth. I encourage clients to become involved in their treatment goals and understand their mental health and wellness. Your mental health is your wealth!
(601) 440-2008 View (601) 440-2008
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Meridian, MS 39301
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Toni Angela Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, MS 39305  (Online Only)
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
(662) 330-0245 View (662) 330-0245

Online Psychiatrists

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Yeates Consulting, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, MS 39701
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS OF ALL AGES! Anxiety, sadness, irritability, and poor sleep are just a few symptoms of mental illness that can affect our quality of life, create unwanted distress, and steal the joy out of life. You may be facing difficult challenges that affect your mood and function, which cause dread of day to day life. There is hope. Regardless of the stage of life you are in, I am an empathetic provider who is looking forward to helping you through the difficult times that affect your ability to enjoy life.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS OF ALL AGES! Anxiety, sadness, irritability, and poor sleep are just a few symptoms of mental illness that can affect our quality of life, create unwanted distress, and steal the joy out of life. You may be facing difficult challenges that affect your mood and function, which cause dread of day to day life. There is hope. Regardless of the stage of life you are in, I am an empathetic provider who is looking forward to helping you through the difficult times that affect your ability to enjoy life.
(662) 339-8897 View (662) 339-8897
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Felicia Gathings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, MS 39701
Are you feeling stressed? Are you isolating from friends and family? Sadness, anxiousness and feelings of just wanting to give up seem to not go away? Are you finding it difficult to get going in the morning, to get through the day, or even sleep through the night? Never dealt with trauma or past experiences? Are these things affecting your family, friends, work, school or interest? Are you wondering if medication could help? I’m here to help you along this journey because things can get better.
Are you feeling stressed? Are you isolating from friends and family? Sadness, anxiousness and feelings of just wanting to give up seem to not go away? Are you finding it difficult to get going in the morning, to get through the day, or even sleep through the night? Never dealt with trauma or past experiences? Are these things affecting your family, friends, work, school or interest? Are you wondering if medication could help? I’m here to help you along this journey because things can get better.
(662) 339-6845 View (662) 339-6845
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jackson, MS 39201
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Photo of Janet Higgins, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Janet Higgins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MS 39095  (Online Only)
Dealing with mental illness and addiction can be extremely difficult. Imagine a place where your struggles with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and substance abuse are not just heard but deeply understood. At Tree of Life Mental Health, my approach to psychiatric care is centered on a collaborative and holistic treatment plan.
Dealing with mental illness and addiction can be extremely difficult. Imagine a place where your struggles with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and substance abuse are not just heard but deeply understood. At Tree of Life Mental Health, my approach to psychiatric care is centered on a collaborative and holistic treatment plan.
(662) 262-8228 View (662) 262-8228
Richard W George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Hello, I'm Rick. I have been a practicing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 19 years. I treat the whole person-body, mind, and soul- which is the key to healing and well-being. True healing cannot come from medication alone; listening, understanding, searching, and finding the missing connectedness to the life we were designed to live is necessary for complete healing. I approach your counseling and mental health care as your tour guide on your journey to a more meaningful and purposeful Life.
Hello, I'm Rick. I have been a practicing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 19 years. I treat the whole person-body, mind, and soul- which is the key to healing and well-being. True healing cannot come from medication alone; listening, understanding, searching, and finding the missing connectedness to the life we were designed to live is necessary for complete healing. I approach your counseling and mental health care as your tour guide on your journey to a more meaningful and purposeful Life.
(769) 207-7579 View (769) 207-7579
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Katie Ann G Ray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Starkville, MS 39759  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Katie, a board-certified family nurse practitioner. My journey began in the hospital, where I cared for patients with traumatic brain injuries and various neurological events, including seizures and strokes. I also gained valuable experience in pediatrics through years of dedicated service at a children's hospital. My passion lies in assisting individuals through a blend of holistic practices and modern medicine. I thrive on crafting personalized treatment plans and collaborating as a cohesive team.
Hello, I'm Katie, a board-certified family nurse practitioner. My journey began in the hospital, where I cared for patients with traumatic brain injuries and various neurological events, including seizures and strokes. I also gained valuable experience in pediatrics through years of dedicated service at a children's hospital. My passion lies in assisting individuals through a blend of holistic practices and modern medicine. I thrive on crafting personalized treatment plans and collaborating as a cohesive team.
(228) 338-2388 View (228) 338-2388
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Rose Casano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, MS 39110
I like to spend quality time to get to the root of my patient's problems. Using the practice of integrative psychiatry, all attempts should be made to get to the correct diagnosis for every individual. This can be a complex process. In the meantime, evidence-based medicine and common sense practices can be used to improve patients' mental and physical health. Personalized medicine can be a useful tool to assist clinicians in this day and age. I have been blessed to have 35 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings and would like to get to know you.
I like to spend quality time to get to the root of my patient's problems. Using the practice of integrative psychiatry, all attempts should be made to get to the correct diagnosis for every individual. This can be a complex process. In the meantime, evidence-based medicine and common sense practices can be used to improve patients' mental and physical health. Personalized medicine can be a useful tool to assist clinicians in this day and age. I have been blessed to have 35 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings and would like to get to know you.
(601) 751-4558 View (601) 751-4558
Photo of Grace Smith, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Grace Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Madison, MS 39110
Have you felt overwhelmed, hopeless, or just not like yourself? Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer comprehensive medication management services to individuals experiencing a range of mental health challenges. With a focus on evidence-based practices and a commitment to holistic care, I work closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans to address their unique needs and goals. I am currently accepting new patients and work with a compassionate team of therapists to deliver a comprehensive approach tailored to address your mental health needs.
Have you felt overwhelmed, hopeless, or just not like yourself? Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer comprehensive medication management services to individuals experiencing a range of mental health challenges. With a focus on evidence-based practices and a commitment to holistic care, I work closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans to address their unique needs and goals. I am currently accepting new patients and work with a compassionate team of therapists to deliver a comprehensive approach tailored to address your mental health needs.
(601) 565-4596 View (601) 565-4596
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Danielle Pugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, MS 39110
Danielle sees patients from all walks of life. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is interested in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and military Veterans. She is known for her ability to establish strong therapeutic relationships with her patients and for her commitment to providing evidence-based, holistic care that addresses the physical, emotional, and social aspects of mental health. Danielle encourages her patients to make lifestyle changes, such as exercising, eating healthily, and seeking social support to improve their overall well-being.
Danielle sees patients from all walks of life. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is interested in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and military Veterans. She is known for her ability to establish strong therapeutic relationships with her patients and for her commitment to providing evidence-based, holistic care that addresses the physical, emotional, and social aspects of mental health. Danielle encourages her patients to make lifestyle changes, such as exercising, eating healthily, and seeking social support to improve their overall well-being.
(601) 843-2141 View (601) 843-2141
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Brandy Rutland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Brandon, MS 39047  (Online Only)
I enjoy helping people that genuinely want to be a better version of themselves. I like to be a part of making people feel happier and feel successful. I like to be a part of the journey with the client as we find the right medication regimen. It is good to be open to the fact that it can be a process finding the right medication regimen.
I enjoy helping people that genuinely want to be a better version of themselves. I like to be a part of making people feel happier and feel successful. I like to be a part of the journey with the client as we find the right medication regimen. It is good to be open to the fact that it can be a process finding the right medication regimen.
(601) 751-8323 View (601) 751-8323
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Maurice Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brandon, MS 39042  (Online Only)
I am a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner that has been treating children, adolescents, and adults for the past 20 years. I like clients to feel comfortable with being honest with me about their mental health needs and their response to treatment. This information is used to help guide treatment options and modifications that promote clients’ optimum mental health
I am a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner that has been treating children, adolescents, and adults for the past 20 years. I like clients to feel comfortable with being honest with me about their mental health needs and their response to treatment. This information is used to help guide treatment options and modifications that promote clients’ optimum mental health
(601) 851-8272 View (601) 851-8272

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Meridian, MS

< 10

Psychiatrists in Meridian, MS who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Anxiety
89% ADHD
78% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Autism

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
86% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Meridian, MS see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Meridian?

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.