Psychiatrists in Union County, NC

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Photo of Luis Emilio Betancourt, MD, Psychiatrist
Luis Emilio Betancourt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monroe, NC 28112
I specialize in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological diagnostic evaluations as well as evidenced and empirically-based psychotherapy & medication management treatment services for children, adolescents, adults and families. I have experience caring for Depressive, Bipolar, Autism spectrum, Anxiety, Substance abuse, Personality, Obsessive Compulsive, Tic, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress and psychotic disorders. I also have experience and interest in the interface between religion-spirituality and psychiatry.
I specialize in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological diagnostic evaluations as well as evidenced and empirically-based psychotherapy & medication management treatment services for children, adolescents, adults and families. I have experience caring for Depressive, Bipolar, Autism spectrum, Anxiety, Substance abuse, Personality, Obsessive Compulsive, Tic, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress and psychotic disorders. I also have experience and interest in the interface between religion-spirituality and psychiatry.
(980) 365-8429 View (980) 365-8429
Photo of Morgan Durand, PA-C, MPAS, Physician Assistant
Morgan Durand
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified Verified
Monroe, NC 28112
Morgan Durand is originally from Waxhaw, NC and now lives in Charlotte. She obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Gardner-Webb University. Morgan is dedicated to become an integral part of the health and wellness of the community she grew up in and is excited to provide mental health services to adults and pediatric patients. She treats a wide range of psychiatric illness and is passionate about always showing respect and understanding to all her patients.
Morgan Durand is originally from Waxhaw, NC and now lives in Charlotte. She obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Gardner-Webb University. Morgan is dedicated to become an integral part of the health and wellness of the community she grew up in and is excited to provide mental health services to adults and pediatric patients. She treats a wide range of psychiatric illness and is passionate about always showing respect and understanding to all her patients.
(704) 368-3662 View (704) 368-3662
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Gateway Charlotte Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Monroe, NC 28112
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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Aris Azar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering a blend of psychotherapy and medication management to help you achieve your goals. My aim is to deliver expert care that aligns with your values and addresses your concerns by offering flexible scheduling, 7 days a week that includes weekends and evenings for your convenience. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric conditions including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, panic disorder and many others. I also provide a holistic approach that integrates therapy seamlessly into your sessions.
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering a blend of psychotherapy and medication management to help you achieve your goals. My aim is to deliver expert care that aligns with your values and addresses your concerns by offering flexible scheduling, 7 days a week that includes weekends and evenings for your convenience. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric conditions including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, panic disorder and many others. I also provide a holistic approach that integrates therapy seamlessly into your sessions.
(704) 610-5876 View (704) 610-5876
Photo of David Balis Patton, MD, MS, Psychiatrist
David Balis Patton
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28104
Please contact my office for appointments and prescription refills. I am co-founder of Pediatric & Family Behavioral Health, PLLC, (PFBH)- a psychiatry clinic in South Charlotte. PFBH specializes in the psychiatric treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. We are an evidence-based clinic that deals primarily in medication management & psychotherapy. We have experience in treating Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tic Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Psychosis.
Please contact my office for appointments and prescription refills. I am co-founder of Pediatric & Family Behavioral Health, PLLC, (PFBH)- a psychiatry clinic in South Charlotte. PFBH specializes in the psychiatric treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. We are an evidence-based clinic that deals primarily in medication management & psychotherapy. We have experience in treating Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tic Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Psychosis.
(704) 237-6843 View (704) 237-6843
Photo of Lauren Smith, MSPAS, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Lauren Smith
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
My main goal as a physician assistant is to provide personable, patient-oriented care. I chose psychiatry in order to implement my passion for mental health awareness. I have experience in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, and ADHD. I work with both adolescents and adults. I am in person in Charlotte and virtual in Rocky Mount NC.
My main goal as a physician assistant is to provide personable, patient-oriented care. I chose psychiatry in order to implement my passion for mental health awareness. I have experience in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, and ADHD. I work with both adolescents and adults. I am in person in Charlotte and virtual in Rocky Mount NC.
(704) 859-2799 View (704) 859-2799
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Byron Strother
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stallings, NC 28104
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
Photo of Patricia Carter, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Patricia Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stallings, NC 28104
Patricia Carter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She is a mastered prepared advanced nurse with ten plus years of nursing experience. Knowledgeable in caring and treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and skilled long-term settings. She is actively involved in promoting recovery for those with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through the integration of innovative and evidence based clinical practice and psychosocial needs.
Patricia Carter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She is a mastered prepared advanced nurse with ten plus years of nursing experience. Knowledgeable in caring and treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and skilled long-term settings. She is actively involved in promoting recovery for those with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through the integration of innovative and evidence based clinical practice and psychosocial needs.
(704) 459-1057 View (704) 459-1057
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Nicholas Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stallings, NC 28104
A Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nicholas has 10+ years of experience working in both the intensive care and the psychiatric emergency care settings. Shifting his career to focus more on medication management in the Matthews, NC area, Nicholas brings with him a vast understanding of what is needed to keep his patients active in their lives and helping ensure that the health of the patient matches their perspectives. Nicholas prides himself on the patient-provider connection and wants his patients to understand that he is a partner in their care and that the lines of communication are always open.
A Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nicholas has 10+ years of experience working in both the intensive care and the psychiatric emergency care settings. Shifting his career to focus more on medication management in the Matthews, NC area, Nicholas brings with him a vast understanding of what is needed to keep his patients active in their lives and helping ensure that the health of the patient matches their perspectives. Nicholas prides himself on the patient-provider connection and wants his patients to understand that he is a partner in their care and that the lines of communication are always open.
(704) 270-2236 View (704) 270-2236
Photo of Shannon Blankenbeckler, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shannon Blankenbeckler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Stallings, NC 28104  (Online Only)
Shannon Blankenbeckler is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Shannon collaborates with her patients to improve their functioning and quality of life. With active listening, kindness, and compassion, she works with her patients to identify the issues holding them back. She helps them focus on their unique strengths, address their struggles, and set meaningful, achievable goals so they can thrive and find peace. Shannon knows that patients seek help when they’re brave enough to identify that something in their life needs to change.
Shannon Blankenbeckler is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Shannon collaborates with her patients to improve their functioning and quality of life. With active listening, kindness, and compassion, she works with her patients to identify the issues holding them back. She helps them focus on their unique strengths, address their struggles, and set meaningful, achievable goals so they can thrive and find peace. Shannon knows that patients seek help when they’re brave enough to identify that something in their life needs to change.
(704) 755-3459 View (704) 755-3459
Photo of Dr. Sabina Benel, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Sabina Benel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Matthews, NC 28104
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
(833) 906-0029 View (833) 906-0029
Photo of Dr. Tamara A. Neely, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C, LCAS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Tamara A. Neely
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monroe, NC 28110  (Online Only)
As a medical provider, I am here to assist you by providing quality services with a unique emphasis on the mental health and well-being of the whole person with easy access to care from the comfort of your home. Our clinic focuses on health promotion, health education, mental health and counseling. We provide care in a non-judgmental, patient-centered environment by taking time to listen. We are ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS.
As a medical provider, I am here to assist you by providing quality services with a unique emphasis on the mental health and well-being of the whole person with easy access to care from the comfort of your home. Our clinic focuses on health promotion, health education, mental health and counseling. We provide care in a non-judgmental, patient-centered environment by taking time to listen. We are ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS.
(980) 399-5417 View (980) 399-5417
Monroe Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monroe, NC 28112
(704) 741-9219 View (704) 741-9219

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Peter A. Bertelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Peter A. Bertelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056
Ready to embrace change and transform your mental health journey? Are you feeling stuck in old patterns that no longer serve you? Is anxiety or depression overshadowing your daily life? If you're considering a holistic approach to mental health or questioning the effectiveness of your current medications, you're in the right place.
Ready to embrace change and transform your mental health journey? Are you feeling stuck in old patterns that no longer serve you? Is anxiety or depression overshadowing your daily life? If you're considering a holistic approach to mental health or questioning the effectiveness of your current medications, you're in the right place.
(803) 913-5128 View (803) 913-5128
Photo of Katherine Rahenkamp, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katherine Rahenkamp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27103  (Online Only)
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 17 years of extensive experience in healthcare, I have honed my skills across a spectrum of clinical settings, encompassing acute and maternal inpatient care, as well as outpatient care. My commitment lies in delivering comprehensive and compassionate mental health services to patients spanning all age groups, addressing a diverse range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and ADHD.
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 17 years of extensive experience in healthcare, I have honed my skills across a spectrum of clinical settings, encompassing acute and maternal inpatient care, as well as outpatient care. My commitment lies in delivering comprehensive and compassionate mental health services to patients spanning all age groups, addressing a diverse range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and ADHD.
(336) 560-9212 View (336) 560-9212
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J.E.M Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
Here at J.E.M Behavioral Health, we are committed to improving the quality of life for our patients, their family members and the community by increasing access to mental health treatment and medication management. We recognize that everyone’s path to wellness and psychological wellbeing looks different. By working with you to identify mental health goals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. This includes personalized psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy as needed.
Here at J.E.M Behavioral Health, we are committed to improving the quality of life for our patients, their family members and the community by increasing access to mental health treatment and medication management. We recognize that everyone’s path to wellness and psychological wellbeing looks different. By working with you to identify mental health goals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. This includes personalized psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy as needed.
(704) 312-7757 View (704) 312-7757
Photo of Cherry Nhor, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Cherry Nhor
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28287  (Online Only)
Cherry understands how impactful mental health is on overall well-being. She is passionate about decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and increasing access to care. Cherry practices positive psychology, endorsing a collaborative, multi-system approach to create the best plan for each individual.
Cherry understands how impactful mental health is on overall well-being. She is passionate about decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and increasing access to care. Cherry practices positive psychology, endorsing a collaborative, multi-system approach to create the best plan for each individual.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
Photo of Alison Lovkay, MSPAS, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Alison Lovkay
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28287
Alison helps adults with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and substance use. She also assists with depression with psychosis, depression with suicidality, psychosis with a long-acting injectable, treatment-resistant depression, and women’s health and hormonal imbalances.
Alison helps adults with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and substance use. She also assists with depression with psychosis, depression with suicidality, psychosis with a long-acting injectable, treatment-resistant depression, and women’s health and hormonal imbalances.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
Photo of Jeanmarie Roberts, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeanmarie Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and also a Doctor of Behavioral Health. I have been working in mental health since 2001 and in the addictions field since 2004. I combine medication management with psychotherapy in order to get the best possible outcomes for my patients. It is important to me for each of my patients become the best they can be.
Hello! I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and also a Doctor of Behavioral Health. I have been working in mental health since 2001 and in the addictions field since 2004. I combine medication management with psychotherapy in order to get the best possible outcomes for my patients. It is important to me for each of my patients become the best they can be.
(980) 998-1303 View (980) 998-1303
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Kenneth Lyons
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27103
Ken is a Certified Physician Assistant with decades of specialty experience. He graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC with his PA-C degree. Ken has been serving the greater Winston Salem area for years and has touched countless lives through his career. Ken approaches health care from a holistic lens. He believes that self-care, physical activity, and proper nutrition are important components to one’s overall well-being. Ken is well versed in caring with a wide range of clients, from young children to late adulthood. He has a particular interest in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and life transitions.
Ken is a Certified Physician Assistant with decades of specialty experience. He graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC with his PA-C degree. Ken has been serving the greater Winston Salem area for years and has touched countless lives through his career. Ken approaches health care from a holistic lens. He believes that self-care, physical activity, and proper nutrition are important components to one’s overall well-being. Ken is well versed in caring with a wide range of clients, from young children to late adulthood. He has a particular interest in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and life transitions.
(336) 850-6225 View (336) 850-6225

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Union County, NC

10+

Average cost per session

$325

Psychiatrists in Union County, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
92% Medication Management
85% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Union County, NC see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Female
45% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Union County?

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.