Psychiatrists in Charlotte, NC

Photo of Elizabeth Lemons, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Charlotte, NC
Elizabeth Lemons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209  (Online Only)
Elizabeth "Liz" Lemons is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas. She has over 10 years of experience working with teens, adults, and seniors.
Elizabeth "Liz" Lemons is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas. She has over 10 years of experience working with teens, adults, and seniors.
(704) 610-5313 View (704) 610-5313
Photo of Casey Watson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Charlotte, NC
Casey Watson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28277
Revitalize Psychiatry is a mental health practice located in Charlotte, NC that provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Online and in person appointments available for adults 18+. Casey is dual board certified as a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family medicine. Casey has over 17 years in the medical field. Casey sees each patient as an individual and not your disorder. As a team, we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
Revitalize Psychiatry is a mental health practice located in Charlotte, NC that provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Online and in person appointments available for adults 18+. Casey is dual board certified as a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family medicine. Casey has over 17 years in the medical field. Casey sees each patient as an individual and not your disorder. As a team, we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
(704) 666-4042 View (704) 666-4042
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Dr. Dorothy J Nivens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28205  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner licensed and accepting new clients in NC, SC, NJ, and MD. My clinical background includes over 28 years of nursing experience in various medical platforms. I am an active Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing member. I work with the clients to develop an individualized, evidence-based care plan that prioritizes their goals. I strive to provide a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental space to help those struggling. If you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out. I have experience working with, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner licensed and accepting new clients in NC, SC, NJ, and MD. My clinical background includes over 28 years of nursing experience in various medical platforms. I am an active Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing member. I work with the clients to develop an individualized, evidence-based care plan that prioritizes their goals. I strive to provide a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental space to help those struggling. If you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out. I have experience working with, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
(704) 459-2435 View (704) 459-2435
Dr. Bamidele A Ajayi
Psychiatrist, MB;BS, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28226
We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders in children, adolescents and adults from age on 5 years up to age of 70 years old. We help to manage their emotional and behavioral difficulties so they can live happy and healthy lives. We work closely with other healthcare providers such as psychologists, social workers, pediatricians and internists to ensure that our clients receives the most comprehensive care possible.
We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders in children, adolescents and adults from age on 5 years up to age of 70 years old. We help to manage their emotional and behavioral difficulties so they can live happy and healthy lives. We work closely with other healthcare providers such as psychologists, social workers, pediatricians and internists to ensure that our clients receives the most comprehensive care possible.
(980) 291-7667 View (980) 291-7667
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Mary Urban
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
Not accepting new clients
Comprehensive, Confidential, Compassionate individualized mental health care. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at The Blanchard Institute. With 19 years in the behavioral health field, I understand that every client's struggles are unique. My goal is to tailor treatment to empower my patients to achieve the highest possible quality of life. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations using a patient-focused approach to allow for the highest level of care. My specialties include Substance Abuse and Detox treatment, Trauma, ADHD, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, OCD, Depression, and Bipolar.
Comprehensive, Confidential, Compassionate individualized mental health care. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at The Blanchard Institute. With 19 years in the behavioral health field, I understand that every client's struggles are unique. My goal is to tailor treatment to empower my patients to achieve the highest possible quality of life. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations using a patient-focused approach to allow for the highest level of care. My specialties include Substance Abuse and Detox treatment, Trauma, ADHD, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, OCD, Depression, and Bipolar.
(704) 251-0378 View (704) 251-0378
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Levy Nathan Wiseman-Floyd
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPH
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
My clients will include children and adults of all ages who are struggling with controlling their mental health. My main goal for each client is to optimize their overall health and wellbeing by identifying and treating any underlying psychiatric pathology. The only requirement that I have for my clients is that they care as much about their mental health as I do, without that any treatment will not succeed. I look forward to fostering authentic relationships with each of my clients to individualize their treatment and guide them through the often daunting world of psychiatry.
My clients will include children and adults of all ages who are struggling with controlling their mental health. My main goal for each client is to optimize their overall health and wellbeing by identifying and treating any underlying psychiatric pathology. The only requirement that I have for my clients is that they care as much about their mental health as I do, without that any treatment will not succeed. I look forward to fostering authentic relationships with each of my clients to individualize their treatment and guide them through the often daunting world of psychiatry.
(704) 459-4925 View (704) 459-4925
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Austin Sowell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209
I enjoy working with my clients to figure out what they want their life to be like and help them identify their goals. From there, I see it as my job to support the client in their journey towards improving their life. Whether I am working with a young child or an adult, I recognize how brave it is to seek help. For my clients suffering from general psychiatric illnesses, I asses for psychiatric stability along with the appropriateness for therapy and/or medications.
I enjoy working with my clients to figure out what they want their life to be like and help them identify their goals. From there, I see it as my job to support the client in their journey towards improving their life. Whether I am working with a young child or an adult, I recognize how brave it is to seek help. For my clients suffering from general psychiatric illnesses, I asses for psychiatric stability along with the appropriateness for therapy and/or medications.
(980) 372-3747 View (980) 372-3747
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Jason Darden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
Working with patients in their own home relieves immediate stress and is a positive environment to establish immediate rapport. Telepsychiatry reduces delays in care, potential transportation barriers, such as lack of transportation or the need for long drives, and improves access to mental health specialty care that might not otherwise be available (e.g., in rural areas). Research also suggests telepsychiatry helps patients avoid the stigmas surrounding getting treatment and immediately increases comfort levels. At this time we are NOT accepting patients with Bipolar Disorder.
Working with patients in their own home relieves immediate stress and is a positive environment to establish immediate rapport. Telepsychiatry reduces delays in care, potential transportation barriers, such as lack of transportation or the need for long drives, and improves access to mental health specialty care that might not otherwise be available (e.g., in rural areas). Research also suggests telepsychiatry helps patients avoid the stigmas surrounding getting treatment and immediately increases comfort levels. At this time we are NOT accepting patients with Bipolar Disorder.
(704) 742-2716 View (704) 742-2716
Photo of The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Charlotte, NC
The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28205  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
(980) 409-5334 View (980) 409-5334
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Pratima Dahal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
Pratima is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her graduate degree in Psychiatric Mental Health from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has been a registered nurse since 2005 with unique experiences in psychiatric nursing across different cultures. As a provider, Pratima focuses on individual plan of care emphasizing on uniqueness of each client and their life situations. She is an avid advocate of importance of mental health to achieve the overall health and well-being.
Pratima is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her graduate degree in Psychiatric Mental Health from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has been a registered nurse since 2005 with unique experiences in psychiatric nursing across different cultures. As a provider, Pratima focuses on individual plan of care emphasizing on uniqueness of each client and their life situations. She is an avid advocate of importance of mental health to achieve the overall health and well-being.
(704) 327-6968 View (704) 327-6968
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William F Wright
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
I am the founder and psychiatrist at EirPax Psychiatry. I offer exceptional full spectrum psychiatric care in the comfort of your own home with telehealth services to help your busy lifestyle. With a foundation of psychotherapy ("talk therapy") and the ability to utilize medications if needed, I offer active ways to find help. I offer patient-centered and evidence-based treatments to assist in a wide spectrum of mental health and relationship issues - whether these issues have just arisen or have been present lifelong. Medication management appointments are also available to those stable with their current medication regimen.
I am the founder and psychiatrist at EirPax Psychiatry. I offer exceptional full spectrum psychiatric care in the comfort of your own home with telehealth services to help your busy lifestyle. With a foundation of psychotherapy ("talk therapy") and the ability to utilize medications if needed, I offer active ways to find help. I offer patient-centered and evidence-based treatments to assist in a wide spectrum of mental health and relationship issues - whether these issues have just arisen or have been present lifelong. Medication management appointments are also available to those stable with their current medication regimen.
(704) 327-0871 View (704) 327-0871
Photo of Esther Adedokun, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Charlotte, NC
Esther Adedokun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28203
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric and mental health Nurse practitioner. I have worked in the field of mental health for several years, starting as a patient care coordinator of a mental health clinic. Later as a Psychiatric Registered nurse and proceeded to Vanderbilt University where I earned the MSN degree with a specialization in Psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, some years back.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric and mental health Nurse practitioner. I have worked in the field of mental health for several years, starting as a patient care coordinator of a mental health clinic. Later as a Psychiatric Registered nurse and proceeded to Vanderbilt University where I earned the MSN degree with a specialization in Psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, some years back.
(704) 396-5132 View (704) 396-5132
Photo of Tesheika Boomer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Charlotte, NC
Tesheika Boomer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Tesheika. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work and life that you have to juggle? Do you find it hard to maintain your health and relationships? Are you having a difficult time being yourself?
Hi, I'm Tesheika. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work and life that you have to juggle? Do you find it hard to maintain your health and relationships? Are you having a difficult time being yourself?
(704) 228-4451 View (704) 228-4451
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Allan Foodman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Foodman is experiencing a severe health issue that has resulted in hospitalization for an indeterminate time and forced him to immediately retire. Due to this fact Dr. Foodman has two referral sources he would recommend clients call who are in need of a consultation for medication or continued therapy: Dr. Reger 704-969-1147 & Dr. Dornblazer 704-342-2577. If there is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Dr. Foodman is experiencing a severe health issue that has resulted in hospitalization for an indeterminate time and forced him to immediately retire. Due to this fact Dr. Foodman has two referral sources he would recommend clients call who are in need of a consultation for medication or continued therapy: Dr. Reger 704-969-1147 & Dr. Dornblazer 704-342-2577. If there is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
(704) 946-8516 View (704) 946-8516
Photo of Hailey Gase, Physician Assistant in Charlotte, NC
Hailey Gase
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28287
Hailey partners with patients to help them express their unique strengths and become the best version of themselves. She also guides them in understanding and working through mental health difficulties. Hailey works with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and trauma. She also helps with adjustment, panic, and stress-related disorders.
Hailey partners with patients to help them express their unique strengths and become the best version of themselves. She also guides them in understanding and working through mental health difficulties. Hailey works with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and trauma. She also helps with adjustment, panic, and stress-related disorders.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Mid Carolina Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28211
We are a full service after-hours self pay adult psychiatric private practice. Our motto is that we are "the heart of psychiatry" because we strive to provide personalized care. Services include medication management and individual/group therapy modalities.
We are a full service after-hours self pay adult psychiatric private practice. Our motto is that we are "the heart of psychiatry" because we strive to provide personalized care. Services include medication management and individual/group therapy modalities.
(980) 354-0042 View (980) 354-0042
Photo of Solari Mental & Behavioral Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Charlotte, NC
Solari Mental & Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, MBA, CRRN
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28212
Consistent and reliable evidenced based care within the framework of strict confidentiality, commitment to solutions, empowerment, psychoeducation, and understanding. Practice approach utilizes the best combination of medication management and psychotherapy if/as indicated.
Consistent and reliable evidenced based care within the framework of strict confidentiality, commitment to solutions, empowerment, psychoeducation, and understanding. Practice approach utilizes the best combination of medication management and psychotherapy if/as indicated.
(704) 936-0200 View (704) 936-0200
Photo of Katasha Jarrin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Charlotte, NC
Katasha Jarrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Katasha, a dedicated and compassionate Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Are you looking for a Mental Health Provider that is culturally understanding, and convenient to meet with? I have a profound passion for mental health care, and I have devoted my career to helping individuals regain control of their lives through personalized medication management solutions. I bring extensive experience in assessing, diagnosing, and tailoring treatment plans to suit each client's unique needs.
Hello, I am Katasha, a dedicated and compassionate Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Are you looking for a Mental Health Provider that is culturally understanding, and convenient to meet with? I have a profound passion for mental health care, and I have devoted my career to helping individuals regain control of their lives through personalized medication management solutions. I bring extensive experience in assessing, diagnosing, and tailoring treatment plans to suit each client's unique needs.
(704) 270-5360 View (704) 270-5360
Photo of Shannon Blankenbeckler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Charlotte, NC
Shannon Blankenbeckler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
Shannon Blankenbeckler is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Shannon collaborates with her patients to improve their functioning and quality of life. With active listening, kindness, and compassion, she works with her patients to identify the issues holding them back. She helps them focus on their unique strengths, address their struggles, and set meaningful, achievable goals so they can thrive and find peace. Shannon knows that patients seek help when they’re brave enough to identify that something in their life needs to change.
Shannon Blankenbeckler is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Shannon collaborates with her patients to improve their functioning and quality of life. With active listening, kindness, and compassion, she works with her patients to identify the issues holding them back. She helps them focus on their unique strengths, address their struggles, and set meaningful, achievable goals so they can thrive and find peace. Shannon knows that patients seek help when they’re brave enough to identify that something in their life needs to change.
(704) 755-3459 View (704) 755-3459
Photo of Bret Guidry, Psychiatrist in Charlotte, NC
Bret Guidry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
(980) 372-8112 View (980) 372-8112

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Charlotte, NC

100+

Average cost per session

$185

Psychiatrists in Charlotte, NC who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
92% Anxiety
77% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
72% Medication Management
71% Trauma and PTSD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
84% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Charlotte, NC see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Charlotte?

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.