Psychiatrists in Fayetteville, NC

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Francesca Esdaile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NC 28303
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering a blend of psychotherapy and medication management dedicated to making meaningful connections with individuals in need. I specialize in assisting people facing challenges in focus, mood regulation, and overall well-being. I help busy professionals who are diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, and ADHD stop feeling lost and unfulfilled in their personal and professional lives so that they can have the mental capacity to be present with their families. My goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly express yourself.
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering a blend of psychotherapy and medication management dedicated to making meaningful connections with individuals in need. I specialize in assisting people facing challenges in focus, mood regulation, and overall well-being. I help busy professionals who are diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, and ADHD stop feeling lost and unfulfilled in their personal and professional lives so that they can have the mental capacity to be present with their families. My goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly express yourself.
(910) 427-5060 View (910) 427-5060
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Sheila J Cannon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, PMHCNS
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28314  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Sheila Cannon’s experiences in psychiatry have spanned over 36 years. She has been an RN for 38 years and an educator for 27 years. She is a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatric mental health (PMHCNS), a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and an approved Buprenorphine provider. She has years of practice experience in inpatient psychiatric arenas and as a psychopharmacologist and psychotherapist in VA, MA, & NC. She has expertise in trauma-informed cognitive behavior therapy and specializes in PTSD, bipolar, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and many others.
Dr. Sheila Cannon’s experiences in psychiatry have spanned over 36 years. She has been an RN for 38 years and an educator for 27 years. She is a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatric mental health (PMHCNS), a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and an approved Buprenorphine provider. She has years of practice experience in inpatient psychiatric arenas and as a psychopharmacologist and psychotherapist in VA, MA, & NC. She has expertise in trauma-informed cognitive behavior therapy and specializes in PTSD, bipolar, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and many others.
(910) 900-8214 View (910) 900-8214
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Tameka Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28312
Life comes with many challenges that are not meant to be faced alone. Inviting someone into your story, your journey, and your hardships is not easy, but it is the first step to your healing and wellness. If you are tired of doing life alone and want to experience fulfillment in your soul that will bring abundance to every part of your life, take that first step today and reach out for support. I am a compassionate and dedicated practitioner who believes each client is unique and worthy of the best care. My approach is wholistic and person centered with the understanding that there are many factors that impact your mental health.
Life comes with many challenges that are not meant to be faced alone. Inviting someone into your story, your journey, and your hardships is not easy, but it is the first step to your healing and wellness. If you are tired of doing life alone and want to experience fulfillment in your soul that will bring abundance to every part of your life, take that first step today and reach out for support. I am a compassionate and dedicated practitioner who believes each client is unique and worthy of the best care. My approach is wholistic and person centered with the understanding that there are many factors that impact your mental health.
(910) 597-3945 View (910) 597-3945
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Danyelle Simmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NC 28303
My interest is in helping any and all who are in psychiatric need, child or adult.
My interest is in helping any and all who are in psychiatric need, child or adult.
(910) 491-1134 View (910) 491-1134
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Dr. Timothy Newsome
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Timothy is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He is an advocate of holistic healthcare, which includes the wellbeing of the mind, body, soul, and spirit. His goal is to provide evidence-based, compassionate, and non-judgmental care in collaboration with clients in assisting them in overcoming their mental health challenges through medication management and a therapeutic partnership.
Timothy is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He is an advocate of holistic healthcare, which includes the wellbeing of the mind, body, soul, and spirit. His goal is to provide evidence-based, compassionate, and non-judgmental care in collaboration with clients in assisting them in overcoming their mental health challenges through medication management and a therapeutic partnership.
(919) 364-6814 View (919) 364-6814
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Stephen Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Retired from a rewarding career in Army healthcare of over 20 years, I continue to provide empathic evidence based care for management of a broad spectrum of behavioral health disorders in the adult population, to include certification in perinatal mental health.
Retired from a rewarding career in Army healthcare of over 20 years, I continue to provide empathic evidence based care for management of a broad spectrum of behavioral health disorders in the adult population, to include certification in perinatal mental health.
(910) 406-6861 View (910) 406-6861
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Sleep & Diet Restoration with Laurie Powers PA-C
Physician Assistant, PA-C , CAQ, CCMS
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28305
Are you as frustrated with the medical system as I am? Do you wish your provider had more time to spend with you? Do you wish you were on less meds – or in some cases - none at all? Do you wish you felt healthy and well, both mentally and physically? Hi! My name is Laurie Powers and I have been a medical provider for over 30 years, more than 20 of these in psychiatry. I am a PA certified in Psychiatry and Primary Care. Frustrated with the system, I decided to go back to school to learn how to treat disease using a healthy lifestyle, something that is lacking in our American medical system that focuses on Big Pharma.
Are you as frustrated with the medical system as I am? Do you wish your provider had more time to spend with you? Do you wish you were on less meds – or in some cases - none at all? Do you wish you felt healthy and well, both mentally and physically? Hi! My name is Laurie Powers and I have been a medical provider for over 30 years, more than 20 of these in psychiatry. I am a PA certified in Psychiatry and Primary Care. Frustrated with the system, I decided to go back to school to learn how to treat disease using a healthy lifestyle, something that is lacking in our American medical system that focuses on Big Pharma.
(910) 501-2484 View (910) 501-2484
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Glory Gilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28304  (Online Only)
Hello I'm Glory and I am here to assist you with any needs or concerns based on my expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat each person in the way I would like to be treated. Each person and/or needs are different. Therefore, I treat each person with an individualized treatment plan that is person-centered. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals.
Hello I'm Glory and I am here to assist you with any needs or concerns based on my expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat each person in the way I would like to be treated. Each person and/or needs are different. Therefore, I treat each person with an individualized treatment plan that is person-centered. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals.
(910) 679-9295 View (910) 679-9295
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Connie Baxter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28314  (Online Only)
As a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner my goal is to provide you with a safe and caring environment to discuss your thoughts and feelings as well as provide medication management. My focus is to enhance and assist your strengths and coping skills with any challenges you may be facing.
As a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner my goal is to provide you with a safe and caring environment to discuss your thoughts and feelings as well as provide medication management. My focus is to enhance and assist your strengths and coping skills with any challenges you may be facing.
(910) 348-7438 View (910) 348-7438
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Christine Villagomez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Christine is the daughter of a refugee from Vietnam; she grew up listening to the stories of her mother and the other Vietnamese survivors in her community. It was her first exposure to the power of healing through listening and the importance of caring for yourself physically and mentally. Christine wanted to learn more to help others who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.
Christine is the daughter of a refugee from Vietnam; she grew up listening to the stories of her mother and the other Vietnamese survivors in her community. It was her first exposure to the power of healing through listening and the importance of caring for yourself physically and mentally. Christine wanted to learn more to help others who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Adrian Lennon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28304  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with sadness, nervousness, poor focus, or poor concentration? Has your mood and behavior affected your relationships and school or work performance. Has a traumatic event changed your life and you can't seem to find yourself again? Most importantly, have you had experiences where the provider rushed you in and out and simply didn't take the time to LISTEN? Do you suffer from medical problems that make your mental health even more challenging? We know these struggles and we WANT to listen and get in the boat with you on a journey of healing, restoration, and improved quality of life.
Are you struggling with sadness, nervousness, poor focus, or poor concentration? Has your mood and behavior affected your relationships and school or work performance. Has a traumatic event changed your life and you can't seem to find yourself again? Most importantly, have you had experiences where the provider rushed you in and out and simply didn't take the time to LISTEN? Do you suffer from medical problems that make your mental health even more challenging? We know these struggles and we WANT to listen and get in the boat with you on a journey of healing, restoration, and improved quality of life.
(910) 613-6488 View (910) 613-6488
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Mariah Hazen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Please EMAIL for faster response. Mariah Hazen is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients across the lifespan. Her integrative approach to treatment allows her to deliver care that is holistic and patient-centered. She has over 16 years in the nursing field and has a special interest in treating bipolar disorders in addition to depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms. She believes that spirituality is an integral part of health that often gets overlooked. Her goal is to bridge the gap between spiritual faith and traditional medicine.
Please EMAIL for faster response. Mariah Hazen is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients across the lifespan. Her integrative approach to treatment allows her to deliver care that is holistic and patient-centered. She has over 16 years in the nursing field and has a special interest in treating bipolar disorders in addition to depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms. She believes that spirituality is an integral part of health that often gets overlooked. Her goal is to bridge the gap between spiritual faith and traditional medicine.
(910) 601-8926 View (910) 601-8926
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Cana Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNP
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Dr Lola is a Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner:NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Are you suffering from Anxiety? Hopelessness, helplessness, lack of self-worth, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, ANGER, ADHD, unsure of your diagnosis, or any other mental health disorders? Are you feeling a low mood? I am Board-Certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP-BC) offering TELEPSYCH services in RTP and the surrounding area in North Carolina.
Dr Lola is a Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner:NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Are you suffering from Anxiety? Hopelessness, helplessness, lack of self-worth, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, ANGER, ADHD, unsure of your diagnosis, or any other mental health disorders? Are you feeling a low mood? I am Board-Certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP-BC) offering TELEPSYCH services in RTP and the surrounding area in North Carolina.
(919) 647-7378 View (919) 647-7378
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TelePsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28301
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
(910) 386-0162 View (910) 386-0162
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Gretchen Barnes
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NC 28314  (Online Only)
I'm a board-certified PA who offers medication management for teens and adults dealing with common mental health problems. I am eager to help my patients gain insight into the science surrounding various treatment options. I pride myself on being detailed and compassionate in my approach. I believe that shared decision-making can help patients proactively improve their mental wellbeing.
I'm a board-certified PA who offers medication management for teens and adults dealing with common mental health problems. I am eager to help my patients gain insight into the science surrounding various treatment options. I pride myself on being detailed and compassionate in my approach. I believe that shared decision-making can help patients proactively improve their mental wellbeing.
(919) 298-8631 View (919) 298-8631
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Leandra Davidson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, MSN , PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NC 28306  (Online Only)
Text or call 919-535-9342 or go to the website and click on Request Services. Appointments are Available! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of North Carolina and DC. I have been a part of the military community for over 20 years. I work with children, adolescents, and adults. Is your child struggling with sadness, anxiety, or poor concentration? Has your mood and behavior affected your personal or professional relationships? Has a traumatic event changed your life, and now you don't even know who you are?
Text or call 919-535-9342 or go to the website and click on Request Services. Appointments are Available! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of North Carolina and DC. I have been a part of the military community for over 20 years. I work with children, adolescents, and adults. Is your child struggling with sadness, anxiety, or poor concentration? Has your mood and behavior affected your personal or professional relationships? Has a traumatic event changed your life, and now you don't even know who you are?
(828) 360-8786 View (828) 360-8786
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Good Health Psychiatry and Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28314  (Online Only)
My goal is to guide and direct you to a better path to care for yourself both physically and overall mental wellbeing. Mental Health involves emotional, psychological, and social health. It affects us in so many ways, through thinking, feelings, and actions which often linked to the way we manage everyday life stress, relationship, and our decision making. I am dedicated in helping clients with their mental health and wellbeing. Cynthia Akpaka graduated from Liberty University with her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Postmaster’s degree. Also has a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Family Nurse Practitioner degree.
My goal is to guide and direct you to a better path to care for yourself both physically and overall mental wellbeing. Mental Health involves emotional, psychological, and social health. It affects us in so many ways, through thinking, feelings, and actions which often linked to the way we manage everyday life stress, relationship, and our decision making. I am dedicated in helping clients with their mental health and wellbeing. Cynthia Akpaka graduated from Liberty University with her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Postmaster’s degree. Also has a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Family Nurse Practitioner degree.
(919) 694-4977 View (919) 694-4977
Photo of Deana Flynn, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fayetteville, NC
Deana Flynn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Deana has over a decade of experience delivering effective, safe, and compassionate nursing care to people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and life journeys. She has worked in several care settings including inpatient hospital, outpatient clinic, crisis stabilization units and emergency departments.
Deana has over a decade of experience delivering effective, safe, and compassionate nursing care to people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and life journeys. She has worked in several care settings including inpatient hospital, outpatient clinic, crisis stabilization units and emergency departments.
(910) 634-3034 View (910) 634-3034
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EtteillaWellness Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NC 28314  (Online Only)
Hello everyone. I'm NP, Shirley. Welcome to Etteilla Wellness Services. I am so excited to finally share my dream with you of opening a private practice. Etteilla is my mother's name, spelled backward. Her tragic death inspired me to create a platform to help those who feel trapped and lost. I'm dual certified In psychiatric care and family medicine. I have 26 years of medical experience and provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the human mind and a passion for helping others, I strive to empower individuals on their journey toward mental well-being and a purpose-filled life.
Hello everyone. I'm NP, Shirley. Welcome to Etteilla Wellness Services. I am so excited to finally share my dream with you of opening a private practice. Etteilla is my mother's name, spelled backward. Her tragic death inspired me to create a platform to help those who feel trapped and lost. I'm dual certified In psychiatric care and family medicine. I have 26 years of medical experience and provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the human mind and a passion for helping others, I strive to empower individuals on their journey toward mental well-being and a purpose-filled life.
(984) 249-2262 View (984) 249-2262
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Mindology
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, FNP, BC
Fayetteville, NC 28305
MIndology is currently accepting NEW PATIENTS that value their mental health and desire personal and attentive attention as they make their journey to a more complete and healthy life.
MIndology is currently accepting NEW PATIENTS that value their mental health and desire personal and attentive attention as they make their journey to a more complete and healthy life.
(919) 823-2847 View (919) 823-2847

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fayetteville, NC

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Fayetteville, NC who prioritize treating:

87% Anxiety
83% Depression
80% Trauma and PTSD
73% ADHD
70% Bipolar Disorder
67% Medication Management
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% Aetna
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
78% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Fayetteville, NC see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fayetteville?

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.