Psychiatrists in Laurinburg, NC

Photo of Jacqueline Wait, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Laurinburg, NC
Jacqueline Wait
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Laurinburg, NC 28352  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background in both inpatient and outpatient care. I've worked with patients dealing with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach involves utilizing the latest diagnostic guidelines from the DSM and evidence-based treatments to support patients in reclaiming their well-being. I strongly believe in the significance of mental health, aiming to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being. My mission is to educate and empower individuals to make their mental health a priority.
Hi! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background in both inpatient and outpatient care. I've worked with patients dealing with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach involves utilizing the latest diagnostic guidelines from the DSM and evidence-based treatments to support patients in reclaiming their well-being. I strongly believe in the significance of mental health, aiming to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being. My mission is to educate and empower individuals to make their mental health a priority.
(336) 948-8918 View (336) 948-8918
Photo of William Joshua Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Laurinburg, NC
William Joshua Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurinburg, NC 28352
Having practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2016 in several settings, William “Joshua” Johnson, MSN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, understands the importance of complete wellness. He understands that chronic medical conditions, mental health, spiritual health, environment stressors, and relationships encompass our complete wellness. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Joshua will perform a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment to formulate an diagnosis and treatment plan. Collaboratively, we will develop a holistic treatment plan with one goal – complete wellness!
Having practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2016 in several settings, William “Joshua” Johnson, MSN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, understands the importance of complete wellness. He understands that chronic medical conditions, mental health, spiritual health, environment stressors, and relationships encompass our complete wellness. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Joshua will perform a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment to formulate an diagnosis and treatment plan. Collaboratively, we will develop a holistic treatment plan with one goal – complete wellness!
(910) 463-9507 View (910) 463-9507
Photo of Ariel Lucci, Physician Assistant in Laurinburg, NC
Ariel Lucci
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Laurinburg, NC 28352  (Online Only)
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. With the privilege of diverse experience, I've honed my skills in providing top-notch outpatient psychiatric care and medication management. My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions, and I'm well-equipped to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. Armed with a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham University and a background in Respiratory Therapy, I bring valuable insights to ensure effective care for your mental health.
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. With the privilege of diverse experience, I've honed my skills in providing top-notch outpatient psychiatric care and medication management. My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions, and I'm well-equipped to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. Armed with a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham University and a background in Respiratory Therapy, I bring valuable insights to ensure effective care for your mental health.
(919) 276-8530 View (919) 276-8530
Photo of Tammie Gainey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Laurinburg, NC
Tammie Gainey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurinburg, NC 28352
My desire is to provide comprehensive outpatient mental healthcare by providing holistic care to improve your mental well-being. My goal is to collaborate with you to discover your personal treatment goals and formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment. We provide services for all ages (children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics). We offer a thorough clinical evaluation and personalized treatment approach to determine your needs. We provide treatment for a variety of mental health disorders including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, ODD, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
My desire is to provide comprehensive outpatient mental healthcare by providing holistic care to improve your mental well-being. My goal is to collaborate with you to discover your personal treatment goals and formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment. We provide services for all ages (children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics). We offer a thorough clinical evaluation and personalized treatment approach to determine your needs. We provide treatment for a variety of mental health disorders including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, ODD, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
(910) 387-5913 View (910) 387-5913

Online Psychiatrists

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Byron Strother
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28105
Dr. Strother graduated from Case Western Reserve medical school in Cleveland Ohio, and completed his psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is a board-certified psychiatrist, and has been proud to practice his specialty in the US Army as an active duty physician. Dr. Strother is also an attorney who previously specialized in corporate tax law. Doc B as he is frequently called by many of his patients, enjoys both outpatient psychiatry and inpatient acute care.
Dr. Strother graduated from Case Western Reserve medical school in Cleveland Ohio, and completed his psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is a board-certified psychiatrist, and has been proud to practice his specialty in the US Army as an active duty physician. Dr. Strother is also an attorney who previously specialized in corporate tax law. Doc B as he is frequently called by many of his patients, enjoys both outpatient psychiatry and inpatient acute care.
(980) 393-6609 View (980) 393-6609
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Meredith Barrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27613
Waitlist for new clients
Do you find yourself struggling to get by each day? Do you feel like you keep hitting a wall? Or that no matter what you do, you cannot climb your way out of the hole? To struggle is to be human, but it is possible to find balance. It is possible to find contentment and joy. It is possible to discover release, to experience freedom from mental anguish. Unrelieved mental and emotional hurdles make our worlds small, and tend to propel us further and further into isolation. I am here to listen, and to help you achieve mental wellness by giving you the tools you need to regain control of your life.
Do you find yourself struggling to get by each day? Do you feel like you keep hitting a wall? Or that no matter what you do, you cannot climb your way out of the hole? To struggle is to be human, but it is possible to find balance. It is possible to find contentment and joy. It is possible to discover release, to experience freedom from mental anguish. Unrelieved mental and emotional hurdles make our worlds small, and tend to propel us further and further into isolation. I am here to listen, and to help you achieve mental wellness by giving you the tools you need to regain control of your life.
(919) 328-3474 View (919) 328-3474
Photo of Saliha Baloch, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Laurinburg, NC
Saliha Baloch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27511
Do you miss being happy? Are you overwhelmed with treatment options and do not know how to move forward to optimal mental health? I can help you navigate this confusing journey of mental health care.
Do you miss being happy? Are you overwhelmed with treatment options and do not know how to move forward to optimal mental health? I can help you navigate this confusing journey of mental health care.
(704) 419-8842 View (704) 419-8842
Photo of Monica Fuller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Laurinburg, NC
Monica Fuller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27603  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients from anywhere in North Carolina via telehealth. All inquiries answered same day or within 24 hours. Are you wanting to feel motivated? Do you want to be able to focus & concentrate ? Do you want to feel less anxiety? Is your depression keeping you from functioning at your best? I specialize in medication management treating adults with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood . Please call or send an email to show interest or leave a voicemail message or text. Insurances accepted are Aetna, Cigna, Optum, United Health Care, UMR. NO Medicare or NO Medicaid plans accepted at this time.
Accepting NEW patients from anywhere in North Carolina via telehealth. All inquiries answered same day or within 24 hours. Are you wanting to feel motivated? Do you want to be able to focus & concentrate ? Do you want to feel less anxiety? Is your depression keeping you from functioning at your best? I specialize in medication management treating adults with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood . Please call or send an email to show interest or leave a voicemail message or text. Insurances accepted are Aetna, Cigna, Optum, United Health Care, UMR. NO Medicare or NO Medicaid plans accepted at this time.
(984) 538-9216 View (984) 538-9216
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Laura Mary Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
I am licensed in NC and VA and run an all virtual practice so I can see clients who live in these two states. I currently take, United, Aetna, Optum, Oscar, Cigna, Oxford and I also take cash pay and sliding scale patients. I do not take Medicaid or Medicare currently. I enjoy helping clients improve their day-to-day functioning with medications, brief counseling, psycho-education and holistic solutions. I take the time to listen to their needs, stressors and histories; not just medicate them and move them along quickly. I have 20 years of sole, successful, clinical experience treating a diverse patient population.
I am licensed in NC and VA and run an all virtual practice so I can see clients who live in these two states. I currently take, United, Aetna, Optum, Oscar, Cigna, Oxford and I also take cash pay and sliding scale patients. I do not take Medicaid or Medicare currently. I enjoy helping clients improve their day-to-day functioning with medications, brief counseling, psycho-education and holistic solutions. I take the time to listen to their needs, stressors and histories; not just medicate them and move them along quickly. I have 20 years of sole, successful, clinical experience treating a diverse patient population.
(984) 217-8847 View (984) 217-8847
Photo of Natashia Broadnax, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Laurinburg, NC
Natashia Broadnax
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitsett, NC 27377  (Online Only)
My treatment philosophy centers on a whole-person approach focusing on overall wellness. It is important to have a collaborative approach making sure not to dismiss any areas of concern, but to provide the most efficient comprehensive care.
My treatment philosophy centers on a whole-person approach focusing on overall wellness. It is important to have a collaborative approach making sure not to dismiss any areas of concern, but to provide the most efficient comprehensive care.
(336) 948-8486 View (336) 948-8486
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Wise Mind and Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28297  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients from anywhere in North Carolina! Are you overwhelmed with life’s day to day responsibilities? Do you struggle with anxiety, depression or trouble sleeping? Do you want more balance in your life? There is hope! Joanna Wiseman will guide you on your journey to personal growth and happiness through mental stability. Schedule your first appointment with Joanna today.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in North Carolina! Are you overwhelmed with life’s day to day responsibilities? Do you struggle with anxiety, depression or trouble sleeping? Do you want more balance in your life? There is hope! Joanna Wiseman will guide you on your journey to personal growth and happiness through mental stability. Schedule your first appointment with Joanna today.
(704) 397-4744 View (704) 397-4744
Photo of Levina Kumar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Laurinburg, NC
Levina Kumar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina treating ages 15+. I spent a large part of my training working in specialty units in hospitals and understand that when a client makes an appointment, it is usually after a tremendous amount of self reflection. It takes courage and strength to speak to a professional while sharing your deepest thoughts. As a professional, I hope to have the privilege to treat and advocate for you while making you feel a part of a collaborative team, where an individualized approach to care is provided and your concerns and well-being are prioritized.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina treating ages 15+. I spent a large part of my training working in specialty units in hospitals and understand that when a client makes an appointment, it is usually after a tremendous amount of self reflection. It takes courage and strength to speak to a professional while sharing your deepest thoughts. As a professional, I hope to have the privilege to treat and advocate for you while making you feel a part of a collaborative team, where an individualized approach to care is provided and your concerns and well-being are prioritized.
(919) 737-2880 View (919) 737-2880
Photo of Michele Schaefer, Psychiatrist in Laurinburg, NC
Michele Schaefer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Schaefer is board certified in adult psychiatry and has been practicing for over 16 years. Dr. Schaefer's practice focuses on medication management, offered in conjunction with supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Most follow up visits are 30 minutes, and if additional therapy is needed, a therapist may be brought into the care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Schaefer is board certified in adult psychiatry and has been practicing for over 16 years. Dr. Schaefer's practice focuses on medication management, offered in conjunction with supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Most follow up visits are 30 minutes, and if additional therapy is needed, a therapist may be brought into the care team to provide the best outcome.
(919) 705-0016 View (919) 705-0016
Photo of Neil Scheurich, Psychiatrist in Laurinburg, NC
Neil Scheurich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
For the first time in six months my schedule allows me to schedule new patients. I am a psychiatrist offering medication treatments and/or psychotherapy as appropriate. Most of my patients struggle with anxiety or depression, although I also have broad experience in treating ADHD, bipolar disorder, as well as various issues of life adjustments and relationships. Note that I do not specialize in treating children and adolescents, couples therapy, or addiction treatment. I offer either video or in-person sessions.
For the first time in six months my schedule allows me to schedule new patients. I am a psychiatrist offering medication treatments and/or psychotherapy as appropriate. Most of my patients struggle with anxiety or depression, although I also have broad experience in treating ADHD, bipolar disorder, as well as various issues of life adjustments and relationships. Note that I do not specialize in treating children and adolescents, couples therapy, or addiction treatment. I offer either video or in-person sessions.
(919) 283-4391 View (919) 283-4391
Photo of Ayesha K. Chaudhary, Psychiatrist in Laurinburg, NC
Ayesha K. Chaudhary
Psychiatrist, M D
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
I'm a Board Certified, Duke-trained psychiatrist. I listen with compassion, warmth, and acumen to understand people's struggles and see their unique strengths. I'm trained and experienced in multiple psychotherapy modalities including biorhythm therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, acceptance commitment therapy, DBT, cognitive therapy for sleep, yoga, and psychodynamics. I have a thoughtful, evidence-based approach to medication therapy and strive to collaborate with my clients. After 20+ years of clinical practice and teaching at Duke, I'm new in private practice and accepting clients. In person on Broad St or remote.
I'm a Board Certified, Duke-trained psychiatrist. I listen with compassion, warmth, and acumen to understand people's struggles and see their unique strengths. I'm trained and experienced in multiple psychotherapy modalities including biorhythm therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, acceptance commitment therapy, DBT, cognitive therapy for sleep, yoga, and psychodynamics. I have a thoughtful, evidence-based approach to medication therapy and strive to collaborate with my clients. After 20+ years of clinical practice and teaching at Duke, I'm new in private practice and accepting clients. In person on Broad St or remote.
(919) 886-7811 View (919) 886-7811
Photo of Rhonda Cartee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Laurinburg, NC
Rhonda Cartee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Hello! I am a Nurse Practitioner with board certifications in family and psychiatric medicine.
Hello! I am a Nurse Practitioner with board certifications in family and psychiatric medicine.
(828) 944-8651 View (828) 944-8651
Photo of Urvashi Goswami, Psychiatrist in Laurinburg, NC
Urvashi Goswami
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28287
Dr. Urvashi Goswami chose psychiatry when she realized “whole of the body is in the mind, but the whole of the mind is not in the body.”
Dr. Urvashi Goswami chose psychiatry when she realized “whole of the body is in the mind, but the whole of the mind is not in the body.”
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
Photo of Michelle Maust, Psychiatrist in Laurinburg, NC
Michelle Maust
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27603
Dr. Michelle Maust was a doctor in the United States Army and has the knowledge and tools to help those working through crises. Dr. Maust specializes in adults suffering from anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia.
Dr. Michelle Maust was a doctor in the United States Army and has the knowledge and tools to help those working through crises. Dr. Maust specializes in adults suffering from anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
Photo of MacKenzie Kirchner, Physician Assistant in Laurinburg, NC
MacKenzie Kirchner
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27713  (Online Only)
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. My patients often have a goal of treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and more. Sometimes my patients want to just learn more about themselves, and why they feel the way that they feel. I love working with patients who would like to explore holistic options in addition to medications to optimize their mental health. Holistic treatments can be anything from exercise, to learning habit stacking, to sleep hygiene. So many factors that contribute to our mental wellbeing - treating my patients with attention to these details optimizes outcomes.
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. My patients often have a goal of treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and more. Sometimes my patients want to just learn more about themselves, and why they feel the way that they feel. I love working with patients who would like to explore holistic options in addition to medications to optimize their mental health. Holistic treatments can be anything from exercise, to learning habit stacking, to sleep hygiene. So many factors that contribute to our mental wellbeing - treating my patients with attention to these details optimizes outcomes.
(919) 391-7202 View (919) 391-7202
Photo of Catherine Roberts, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Laurinburg, NC
Catherine Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Durham, NC 27713
Catherine Roberts is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina who has been practicing since 2001. Catherine offers many years of experiences with various medical and psychiatric illnesses. She loves to spend time with her family, friends and cat, Cora. In her free time, you can find her roaming around the aisles of Home Goods or Target. She also loves the Carolina Beaches and mountains.
Catherine Roberts is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina who has been practicing since 2001. Catherine offers many years of experiences with various medical and psychiatric illnesses. She loves to spend time with her family, friends and cat, Cora. In her free time, you can find her roaming around the aisles of Home Goods or Target. She also loves the Carolina Beaches and mountains.
(919) 343-5591 View (919) 343-5591

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Number of Psychiatrists in Laurinburg, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Laurinburg, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Behavioral Issues
100% Medication Management
75% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Medicare
75% TRICARE

How Psychiatrists in Laurinburg, NC see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Laurinburg?

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.