Psychiatrists in Kernersville, NC

Photo of Sarah Goldston, MPAS, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Sarah Goldston
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Kernersville, NC 27284
As a PA with over 8 years of experience, I work collaboratively with other providers and therapists to provide quality mental health care to clients. This care includes the evaluation, diagnosis, and management (including education, medication prescribing and monitoring) of adults with mental health problems with the goal of helping to restore them to their highest level of functioning. I love to work alongside clients to achieve their goals as I strive to always provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based psychiatric care in a warm and inclusive environment.
As a PA with over 8 years of experience, I work collaboratively with other providers and therapists to provide quality mental health care to clients. This care includes the evaluation, diagnosis, and management (including education, medication prescribing and monitoring) of adults with mental health problems with the goal of helping to restore them to their highest level of functioning. I love to work alongside clients to achieve their goals as I strive to always provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based psychiatric care in a warm and inclusive environment.
(336) 932-8236 View (336) 932-8236
Photo of Karen Shugart, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Karen Shugart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kernersville, NC 27284
With a focus primarily on medication evaluation and management, I offer a warm, open, and non-judgmental approach that empowers clients to share freely and fully participate as they move toward their goals. My goal is to offer evidence-based, inclusive treatment that helps clients function at their highest level.
With a focus primarily on medication evaluation and management, I offer a warm, open, and non-judgmental approach that empowers clients to share freely and fully participate as they move toward their goals. My goal is to offer evidence-based, inclusive treatment that helps clients function at their highest level.
(336) 360-5711 View (336) 360-5711
Photo of Chris Bruns Aiken - Mood Treatment Center Winston-Salem & Greensboro, MD, Psychiatrist
Mood Treatment Center Winston-Salem & Greensboro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kernersville, NC 27284
Psychiatric center with offices in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, and Boone NC. We offer counseling, medication, natural treatments, DBT, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine. When people take medications, we help them build a lifestyle to further their recovery.
Psychiatric center with offices in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, and Boone NC. We offer counseling, medication, natural treatments, DBT, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine. When people take medications, we help them build a lifestyle to further their recovery.
(336) 439-3504 View (336) 439-3504

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Photo of Joseph Vincent Jordan, MS, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Joseph Vincent Jordan
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27107  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
(919) 355-0667 View (919) 355-0667
Photo of Onoriode Sylvester Edeh - Integrative Psychiatric Care, MD, Psychiatrist
Integrative Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27102
Hello and welcome to Integrative Psychological Medicine (IPM). Our practice will focus on helping patients and their families with current evidence-based treatment. We will provide behavioral health evaluation encompassing a broad spectrum of psychiatric diagnosis, medication management and providing psychotherapeutic resources. At IPM we consider the patient as a whole person, not just a diagnosis. We will examine the patient's mind, body and spirit to help enhance the patient's total well-being. We place the patient in an active role as a key partner of all aspects of his or her health and treatment plan. We will help the p
Hello and welcome to Integrative Psychological Medicine (IPM). Our practice will focus on helping patients and their families with current evidence-based treatment. We will provide behavioral health evaluation encompassing a broad spectrum of psychiatric diagnosis, medication management and providing psychotherapeutic resources. At IPM we consider the patient as a whole person, not just a diagnosis. We will examine the patient's mind, body and spirit to help enhance the patient's total well-being. We place the patient in an active role as a key partner of all aspects of his or her health and treatment plan. We will help the p
(336) 234-3634 View (336) 234-3634
Photo of Amy Main, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amy Main
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
I believe that no one should be made to feel guilty about their struggles with mental health, and that everyone deserves to have a safe place to talk about these issues. Just as every person is unique, there is no one right way to treat mental illness. I strive to approach each individual with this in mind, knowing that they may have been through many treatment options already. I know this can be a challenging and frustrating process, but I will listen to your concerns and work with you through the journey.
I believe that no one should be made to feel guilty about their struggles with mental health, and that everyone deserves to have a safe place to talk about these issues. Just as every person is unique, there is no one right way to treat mental illness. I strive to approach each individual with this in mind, knowing that they may have been through many treatment options already. I know this can be a challenging and frustrating process, but I will listen to your concerns and work with you through the journey.
(336) 496-0574 View (336) 496-0574
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Different MHP, PC - Desiree Matthews, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
We are accepting new patients ages 18+ in North Carolina for Telepsychiatry! Same day and next day appointments available! If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, ADHD, or other conditions that impair your quality of life and limit your potential, you're not alone. When you're feeling stuck in therapy and medication cycles, it might seem like you'll never find your way out.
We are accepting new patients ages 18+ in North Carolina for Telepsychiatry! Same day and next day appointments available! If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, ADHD, or other conditions that impair your quality of life and limit your potential, you're not alone. When you're feeling stuck in therapy and medication cycles, it might seem like you'll never find your way out.
(980) 372-8158 View (980) 372-8158
Photo of Jade Montana, PMHNP, CNM, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jade Montana
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, FNP
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
The Sage Institute is a private practice that encourages and empowers individuals to live their optimal lives. I provide psychiatric medication management services integrated with supportive therapy. I practice with patience and open-mindedness to help meet you where you are. Visits are tailored toward your needs and goals. The mind, body, and soul are at the core of each individual. We are all unique and should be treated as such. I can help you decide if psychiatric medication is right for you and work with you to optimize your medication plan as well as consider a range of interventions to support your mental health.
The Sage Institute is a private practice that encourages and empowers individuals to live their optimal lives. I provide psychiatric medication management services integrated with supportive therapy. I practice with patience and open-mindedness to help meet you where you are. Visits are tailored toward your needs and goals. The mind, body, and soul are at the core of each individual. We are all unique and should be treated as such. I can help you decide if psychiatric medication is right for you and work with you to optimize your medication plan as well as consider a range of interventions to support your mental health.
(336) 443-6857 View (336) 443-6857
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Diana Santiago
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Dr. Santiago is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Her treatment is provided in English or Spanish. Serving the States of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Appointments are available via telemedicine, at the comfort of your home or your own space. In Person appointments available in GA only.
Dr. Santiago is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Her treatment is provided in English or Spanish. Serving the States of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Appointments are available via telemedicine, at the comfort of your home or your own space. In Person appointments available in GA only.
(678) 647-6396 View (678) 647-6396
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Joseph Jordan
Physician Assistant, MSPA, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
(984) 305-2476 View (984) 305-2476
Photo of Laurie Arena, PMHNP, LCSWA, RYT-200, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laurie Arena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSWA, RYT-200
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
Mental, physical, and spiritual health are all intertwined. This is why a holistic approach to mental health care is so imperative. I prescribe psychiatric medications and can help you walk through the decision of whether or not medication might be helpful for you, how to optimize your current medication plan, or even the process of coming off of or taking less medication. I can make recommendations about lifestyle, nutrition, stress management, and behavior modification. I also offer individual therapy with or without medication management.
Mental, physical, and spiritual health are all intertwined. This is why a holistic approach to mental health care is so imperative. I prescribe psychiatric medications and can help you walk through the decision of whether or not medication might be helpful for you, how to optimize your current medication plan, or even the process of coming off of or taking less medication. I can make recommendations about lifestyle, nutrition, stress management, and behavior modification. I also offer individual therapy with or without medication management.
(336) 815-4270 View (336) 815-4270
Photo of Maria MacDougall, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Maria MacDougall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27105
Maria MacDougall is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management services. After working at a psychiatric facility as an inpatient nurse, she entered and graduated from the nurse practitioner program at Anderson University. She is currently accepting new patients at Amica Mental Health, a practice based in Asheville that serves Western North Carolina. She specializes in medication management for adults.
Maria MacDougall is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management services. After working at a psychiatric facility as an inpatient nurse, she entered and graduated from the nurse practitioner program at Anderson University. She is currently accepting new patients at Amica Mental Health, a practice based in Asheville that serves Western North Carolina. She specializes in medication management for adults.
(828) 332-5291 View (828) 332-5291
Photo of Jordan Espersen, PMHNP-B, Psychiatrist
Jordan Espersen
Psychiatrist, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27110
Jordan is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She believes in patient-centered care, not only trusting her own knowledge but using the patient’s opinions and goals to mediate care in hopes to overall improve the individual’s daily life. She feels that involving the individual who seeks care with every decision will bring the individual closer to their goals, improve how they feel overall, and improve the outcome of care. She promotes healthy eating, exercise, and calming techniques such as meditation and yoga.
Jordan is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She believes in patient-centered care, not only trusting her own knowledge but using the patient’s opinions and goals to mediate care in hopes to overall improve the individual’s daily life. She feels that involving the individual who seeks care with every decision will bring the individual closer to their goals, improve how they feel overall, and improve the outcome of care. She promotes healthy eating, exercise, and calming techniques such as meditation and yoga.
(984) 299-9615 View (984) 299-9615
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Emily Pevtsov
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27107  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric PA with over 9 years of inpatient and outpatient mental health experience. I offer telehealth (virtual) services to residents of North Carolina ages 18+. Services include medication management for common mental health problems ranging from depression and anxiety to opiate and alcohol addiction.
I am a psychiatric PA with over 9 years of inpatient and outpatient mental health experience. I offer telehealth (virtual) services to residents of North Carolina ages 18+. Services include medication management for common mental health problems ranging from depression and anxiety to opiate and alcohol addiction.
(919) 899-4461 View (919) 899-4461
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Tabitha Bowman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
(336) 459-3409 View (336) 459-3409
Photo of Stephen Narigon, DNP, MBA, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stephen Narigon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
We are accepting new pediatric and adult clients in North Carolina and Virginia. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience in psychiatry treating Autism, personality disorders, and mood disorders. The care provided includes solution-focused therapy, medication support, and psycho-educational support. My primary areas of interest include positive and supportive psychology, optimizing human performance, and evidence-based methodologies in psychiatry. I collaborate with my clients to help discover personal treatment goals and formulate a mutually agreed-upon strategy for treatment.
We are accepting new pediatric and adult clients in North Carolina and Virginia. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience in psychiatry treating Autism, personality disorders, and mood disorders. The care provided includes solution-focused therapy, medication support, and psycho-educational support. My primary areas of interest include positive and supportive psychology, optimizing human performance, and evidence-based methodologies in psychiatry. I collaborate with my clients to help discover personal treatment goals and formulate a mutually agreed-upon strategy for treatment.
(984) 203-9158 View (984) 203-9158
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Dr. Crystal Montague
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27265
Dr. Crystal Montague, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with several years of training and expertise treating patients across the lifespan (child to elderly) in a variety of practice settings from hospitals to outpatient clinics. Dr. Montague provides compassionate, therapeutic care, utilizing an evidenced-based, collaborative approach with patients while formulating treatment plans. She strongly advocates for patients to receive appropriate community and school resources, and psychological testing. She is always happy to assist with bridging those connections.
Dr. Crystal Montague, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with several years of training and expertise treating patients across the lifespan (child to elderly) in a variety of practice settings from hospitals to outpatient clinics. Dr. Montague provides compassionate, therapeutic care, utilizing an evidenced-based, collaborative approach with patients while formulating treatment plans. She strongly advocates for patients to receive appropriate community and school resources, and psychological testing. She is always happy to assist with bridging those connections.
(336) 849-5585 View (336) 849-5585
Photo of Ashley Susko, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Susko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27409  (Online Only)
Ashley Susko is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 2 years of professional experience. She spent over 10 years working as a Registered Nurse at the bedside. Possessing an immense passion towards helping the mental health population, Ashley has made it her life-long mission to help those suffering from these complex issues.
Ashley Susko is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 2 years of professional experience. She spent over 10 years working as a Registered Nurse at the bedside. Possessing an immense passion towards helping the mental health population, Ashley has made it her life-long mission to help those suffering from these complex issues.
(336) 850-5381 View (336) 850-5381
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Fred Amematsro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27409  (Online Only)
Fred Amematsro is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in managing major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, sleep disorders, and other mood disorders. He has over 6 years of experience, and works with clients ages 5 and up.
Fred Amematsro is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in managing major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, sleep disorders, and other mood disorders. He has over 6 years of experience, and works with clients ages 5 and up.
(336) 948-8612 View (336) 948-8612
Photo of Monica Bartorelli, MSN, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Monica Bartorelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27265
As a health care provider with over 10 years of nurse practitioner experience, I would love to learn more about you and how we can work together to improve your mental health. I believe in providing quality care that is client focused and education driven while using the most current treatment guidelines. I provide care that focuses on the whole person, and I seek to provide mental health services to anyone in NC in a virtual setting to those ages 16 and up. Part of my treatment model will evaluate your social determinants of health to ensure there are no barriers to your overall goals that directly impacts your mental health.
As a health care provider with over 10 years of nurse practitioner experience, I would love to learn more about you and how we can work together to improve your mental health. I believe in providing quality care that is client focused and education driven while using the most current treatment guidelines. I provide care that focuses on the whole person, and I seek to provide mental health services to anyone in NC in a virtual setting to those ages 16 and up. Part of my treatment model will evaluate your social determinants of health to ensure there are no barriers to your overall goals that directly impacts your mental health.
(336) 891-9391 View (336) 891-9391

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Number of Psychiatrists in Kernersville, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Kernersville, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Anger Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in Kernersville, NC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kernersville?

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.