Psychiatrists in Mooresville, NC

Photo of undefined - Lake City Psychiatry, DO, Psychiatrist
Lake City Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mooresville, NC 28115
Dr. Jane Sanders specializes in educating patients about differential diagnoses, how different medications work, and realistic results to expect with pharmacologic treatment. She approaches each case with equal parts knowledge, open mind, and common sense. Her patients include those who have been through the ringer with multiple failed treatments, as well as patients who are wary of starting medications. At this time, she only sees adult patients, 18yo and up.
Dr. Jane Sanders specializes in educating patients about differential diagnoses, how different medications work, and realistic results to expect with pharmacologic treatment. She approaches each case with equal parts knowledge, open mind, and common sense. Her patients include those who have been through the ringer with multiple failed treatments, as well as patients who are wary of starting medications. At this time, she only sees adult patients, 18yo and up.
(704) 285-0252 View (704) 285-0252
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Veronica M Bradley
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, DMSc, PA-C
Verified Verified
Mooresville, NC 28117
I have been a Physician Assistant for a number of years now. I have experience in Primary Care, ENT, and Mental Health Services, which has allowed me to treat a wide range of patients.
I have been a Physician Assistant for a number of years now. I have experience in Primary Care, ENT, and Mental Health Services, which has allowed me to treat a wide range of patients.
(980) 222-3214 View (980) 222-3214
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Christopher R Bradley
Physician Assistant, MPAS , DMSc, PA-C
Verified Verified
Mooresville, NC 28117
Best life brings the quality of care and patient's functional needs back to the forefront. Our mission is to care for our patients individually, to provide optimal treatment and proper management. The practice strives to provide not only hope for our patients, but a provider to listen to their needs. Best life works to improve patients mental health, while also focusing on their overall wellness.
Best life brings the quality of care and patient's functional needs back to the forefront. Our mission is to care for our patients individually, to provide optimal treatment and proper management. The practice strives to provide not only hope for our patients, but a provider to listen to their needs. Best life works to improve patients mental health, while also focusing on their overall wellness.
(980) 217-8729 View (980) 217-8729
Photo of John Mcgraw, MD, Psychiatrist
John Mcgraw
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mooresville, NC 28117
Dr. John Mel McGraw received an A. B from Stanford University in Human Biology in 1979. He graduated from University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver in 1984 and completed his Psychiatric Residency there in 1988. Dr. McGraw has 38 years of diverse experience in the field of Psychiatry in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Among treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD and mood disorders his specialties also include treating eating disorder, sexual abuse and trauma. In addition, Dr. McGraw enjoys practicing sports psychiatry and had the privilege of serving as a psychiatric consultant in the 1990 Goodwill Games.
Dr. John Mel McGraw received an A. B from Stanford University in Human Biology in 1979. He graduated from University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver in 1984 and completed his Psychiatric Residency there in 1988. Dr. McGraw has 38 years of diverse experience in the field of Psychiatry in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Among treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD and mood disorders his specialties also include treating eating disorder, sexual abuse and trauma. In addition, Dr. McGraw enjoys practicing sports psychiatry and had the privilege of serving as a psychiatric consultant in the 1990 Goodwill Games.
(704) 810-1139 View (704) 810-1139
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Martha Eseh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mooresville, NC 28117
Martha Eseh is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina who has been practicing since 2021. Martha helps clients through medication management and brief psychotherapy. Outside of work, Martha loves spending time with her family and traveling the world.
Martha Eseh is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina who has been practicing since 2021. Martha helps clients through medication management and brief psychotherapy. Outside of work, Martha loves spending time with her family and traveling the world.
(980) 252-7161 View (980) 252-7161
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Mind You Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mooresville, NC 28117  (Online Only)
Rather than treating disorders, at Mind You Wellness, we focus on evaluating how limitations or symptoms impact life and goals. Then we come up with a plan to optimize individual functioning together. Twelve years of nursing experience allowed me to treat and gain familiarity with people from all walks of life; I also had the opportunity to understand their barriers to functioning at their best. I was born in the United Kingdom, then I lived in the inner city of Philadelphia, and suburbs of NJ until I moved to rural areas of NC. Living in various places contributes to my ability to understand various cultural nuances and impact.
Rather than treating disorders, at Mind You Wellness, we focus on evaluating how limitations or symptoms impact life and goals. Then we come up with a plan to optimize individual functioning together. Twelve years of nursing experience allowed me to treat and gain familiarity with people from all walks of life; I also had the opportunity to understand their barriers to functioning at their best. I was born in the United Kingdom, then I lived in the inner city of Philadelphia, and suburbs of NJ until I moved to rural areas of NC. Living in various places contributes to my ability to understand various cultural nuances and impact.
(704) 459-4208 View (704) 459-4208
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Ivy de Leon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mooresville, NC 28117
Dedicated to providing compassionate, individualized care to children and adults. Everyone comes with their own story and from unique circumstances. You deserve personalized care for every step along your path to healing.
Dedicated to providing compassionate, individualized care to children and adults. Everyone comes with their own story and from unique circumstances. You deserve personalized care for every step along your path to healing.
(828) 374-0760 View (828) 374-0760
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Victoria Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mooresville, NC 28117
Victoria Brooks is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in the medical field. Victoria earned her Master’s degree in Nursing at Eastern Kentucky University in 2022 and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2019. Victoria practices in general psychiatry, including (but not limited to) the treatment of depression, mood disorders and anxiety.
Victoria Brooks is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in the medical field. Victoria earned her Master’s degree in Nursing at Eastern Kentucky University in 2022 and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2019. Victoria practices in general psychiatry, including (but not limited to) the treatment of depression, mood disorders and anxiety.
(704) 736-3756 View (704) 736-3756
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Tia Konzer
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Mooresville, NC 28117
I practice a comprehensive approach to medicine and believe strongly in the importance of treating the mind, body, and spirit to achieve wellness. The sacred relationship between the physician and patient can be just as important as the medicine or therapy provided. Thus, I provide longer comprehensive appointments and am accessible to patients to ensure that their concerns are heard and they feel understood. Focusing on the whole person, I work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans to address various aspects of their lives including sleep, nutrition and exercise, relationship strategies, coping skills, etc.
I practice a comprehensive approach to medicine and believe strongly in the importance of treating the mind, body, and spirit to achieve wellness. The sacred relationship between the physician and patient can be just as important as the medicine or therapy provided. Thus, I provide longer comprehensive appointments and am accessible to patients to ensure that their concerns are heard and they feel understood. Focusing on the whole person, I work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans to address various aspects of their lives including sleep, nutrition and exercise, relationship strategies, coping skills, etc.
(704) 624-7258 View (704) 624-7258
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Joanna Wiseman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Mooresville, NC 28115
Joanna Wiseman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2009. She has a Master's of Science specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Regis College. As a compassionate listener, Joanna strives to care for each client as an individual and will personalize their care to obtain their goals utilizing a humanistic and holistic approach. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys running, watching movies, watching football, reading, listening to music, playing with her dogs, and travelling, especially to the beach.
Joanna Wiseman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2009. She has a Master's of Science specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Regis College. As a compassionate listener, Joanna strives to care for each client as an individual and will personalize their care to obtain their goals utilizing a humanistic and holistic approach. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys running, watching movies, watching football, reading, listening to music, playing with her dogs, and travelling, especially to the beach.
(704) 703-4476 View (704) 703-4476
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Jennifer Curlee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mooresville, NC 28115
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who focuses on discreet, personalized outpatient psychiatric care and medication management for individuals aged 12 and up. I treat an array of psychiatric disorders and other behavioral health concerns. I believe that individual treatment needs are unique, and that many facets are involved in the successful management of psychiatric disorders. I stay up to date with current psychiatric research and trends, and incorporate an evidence-based practice approach to patient care.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who focuses on discreet, personalized outpatient psychiatric care and medication management for individuals aged 12 and up. I treat an array of psychiatric disorders and other behavioral health concerns. I believe that individual treatment needs are unique, and that many facets are involved in the successful management of psychiatric disorders. I stay up to date with current psychiatric research and trends, and incorporate an evidence-based practice approach to patient care.
(704) 251-6073 View (704) 251-6073
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Common Ground Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Mooresville, NC 28117
Common Ground Psychiatry is here to help North Carolina adults and teens get back to feeling happy again! We prescribe medication that makes sense for you and your unique situation, taking the time to listen, truly understand your goals, and educate you on all available options. Experience 100% confidential care in-person in our Davidson, or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill location. The goal at Common Ground is to help you feel less anxious, more rested, and ready to crush your goals in relationships, business, parenthood, or whatever YOU want.
Common Ground Psychiatry is here to help North Carolina adults and teens get back to feeling happy again! We prescribe medication that makes sense for you and your unique situation, taking the time to listen, truly understand your goals, and educate you on all available options. Experience 100% confidential care in-person in our Davidson, or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill location. The goal at Common Ground is to help you feel less anxious, more rested, and ready to crush your goals in relationships, business, parenthood, or whatever YOU want.
(704) 237-0752 View (704) 237-0752
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Different MHP, PC - Desiree Matthews, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mooresville, NC 28115  (Online Only)
We are accepting new patients 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 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

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Novel Medical LLC
Psychiatrist, M D
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078  (Online Only)
Novel Medical offers Psychiatric Services that incorporate innovative treatment strategies to enhance one’s mental wellbeing and improve one’s overall quality of life. Our team consists of Board-Certified Psychiatrists that specialize in treating a broad range of psychiatric challenges in individuals from all walks of life. We specialize in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma related disorders, and ADHD among others. Our treatment strategies include both medication management and individual therapy to achieve the most favorable outcomes. We look forward to helping you achieve your long term goals of wellbeing.
Novel Medical offers Psychiatric Services that incorporate innovative treatment strategies to enhance one’s mental wellbeing and improve one’s overall quality of life. Our team consists of Board-Certified Psychiatrists that specialize in treating a broad range of psychiatric challenges in individuals from all walks of life. We specialize in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma related disorders, and ADHD among others. Our treatment strategies include both medication management and individual therapy to achieve the most favorable outcomes. We look forward to helping you achieve your long term goals of wellbeing.
(704) 237-6684 View (704) 237-6684
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Gateway Charlotte Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
Gateway Charlotte Wellness is here for the mental health needs of clients (ages 6 to adults). Highly trained, empathetic, friendly and we take our time to get to know you so we can better help you. We utilize the most recent advancement in medicine. As a provider at Gateway Charlotte Wellness, I have many years of experience in mental Health. Currently works at one of Charlotte, North Carolina's local hospital. We see clients via telehealth anywhere, anytime at their convenience. Why wait? call now for help.
Gateway Charlotte Wellness is here for the mental health needs of clients (ages 6 to adults). Highly trained, empathetic, friendly and we take our time to get to know you so we can better help you. We utilize the most recent advancement in medicine. As a provider at Gateway Charlotte Wellness, I have many years of experience in mental Health. Currently works at one of Charlotte, North Carolina's local hospital. We see clients via telehealth anywhere, anytime at their convenience. Why wait? call now for help.
(980) 326-4916 View (980) 326-4916
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Taquita Milner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cornelius, NC 28031
Taquita is a dual-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health in the state of North Carolina and Georgia. She graduated from South University in Savannah, GA with her family medicine studies and from Maryville University in St. Louis, MI with her psychiatric study. Taquita has over 12 years of emergency/trauma experience, which has helped with responding to urgent treatment, severe medical conditions, and crisis stabilization. Her current specialty focuses on family psychiatry across all ages. Taquita is an advocate for innovations in healthcare and suicide prevention.
Taquita is a dual-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health in the state of North Carolina and Georgia. She graduated from South University in Savannah, GA with her family medicine studies and from Maryville University in St. Louis, MI with her psychiatric study. Taquita has over 12 years of emergency/trauma experience, which has helped with responding to urgent treatment, severe medical conditions, and crisis stabilization. Her current specialty focuses on family psychiatry across all ages. Taquita is an advocate for innovations in healthcare and suicide prevention.
(704) 810-1378 View (704) 810-1378
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Allan Foodman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cornelius, NC 28031
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 Amy Boison, RN, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amy Boison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cornelius, NC 28031
Life is hard enough, leave the neurotransmitter regulation to us.
Life is hard enough, leave the neurotransmitter regulation to us.
(980) 525-8057 View (980) 525-8057
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Anne S. Richardson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cornelius, NC 28031
Most things in life are multifactorial and hence we must target our wellbeing in a variety of ways. To truly target symptoms and suffering one should explore not only medication but psychological, behavioral, and holistic approaches as well. In this small, private psychiatric practice I offer the space for intense assessment, treatment and growth. The treatment isn't hindered by modern healthcare's limitations. With easier access to your provider and extended appointment times allows for a different psychiatric experience. To be heard.
Most things in life are multifactorial and hence we must target our wellbeing in a variety of ways. To truly target symptoms and suffering one should explore not only medication but psychological, behavioral, and holistic approaches as well. In this small, private psychiatric practice I offer the space for intense assessment, treatment and growth. The treatment isn't hindered by modern healthcare's limitations. With easier access to your provider and extended appointment times allows for a different psychiatric experience. To be heard.
(980) 324-2178 View (980) 324-2178
Photo of Mary Urban, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mary Urban
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cornelius, NC 28031
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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Mooresville, NC

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Mooresville, NC who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Bipolar Disorder
85% Anxiety
85% ADHD
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% BlueCross and BlueShield
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Mooresville, NC see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mooresville?

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.