Psychiatrists in Waxhaw, NC

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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
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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
Photo of Ifeoma Ilodigwe, PHMNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ifeoma Ilodigwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Waxhaw, NC 28173
(980) 350-2496 View (980) 350-2496

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Photo of Nicholas Cunningham, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
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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 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
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Morgan Durand
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified Verified
Marvin, NC 28173
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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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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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
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Casey Watson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28277
Revitalize Psychiatry is a mental health practice located in Charlotte, NC that provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Online and in person appointments available for adults 18+. Casey is dual board certified as a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family medicine. Casey has over 17 years in the medical field. Casey sees each patient as an individual and not your disorder. As a team, we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
Revitalize Psychiatry is a mental health practice located in Charlotte, NC that provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Online and in person appointments available for adults 18+. Casey is dual board certified as a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family medicine. Casey has over 17 years in the medical field. Casey sees each patient as an individual and not your disorder. As a team, we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
(704) 666-4042 View (704) 666-4042
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Broadview Health, Sleep and Behavioral Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, DABPN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28277
Doctor Rasheed Onafuye holds dual Board certification in Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry. Helps patients with ADHD, Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorders, PTSD, Sleep Apnea, Excessive snoring, Chronic fatigue, Daytime sleepiness, Narcolepsy, Restless legs syndrome, among others.
Doctor Rasheed Onafuye holds dual Board certification in Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry. Helps patients with ADHD, Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorders, PTSD, Sleep Apnea, Excessive snoring, Chronic fatigue, Daytime sleepiness, Narcolepsy, Restless legs syndrome, among others.
(704) 585-1239 View (704) 585-1239
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Jungian Analytic Practice
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
An ideal client is an insightful adult that wants to explore the depth of his/her psyche. Treatment services include depression, anxiety, adjustment situations, changing paths, transitions of life, relationships, engagement issues, divorce and marital disputes, grief and loss, spiritual and religious issues and personal development issues.
An ideal client is an insightful adult that wants to explore the depth of his/her psyche. Treatment services include depression, anxiety, adjustment situations, changing paths, transitions of life, relationships, engagement issues, divorce and marital disputes, grief and loss, spiritual and religious issues and personal development issues.
(843) 536-0114 View (843) 536-0114
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Allan Foodman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
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 Melanie Fossinger, MSN, RN, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melanie Fossinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28277  (Online Only)
Immediate availability for medication management of ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorders for ages 13 and up. I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner specializing in treating adolescents and adults. My practice is based in Charlotte, NC, and I am able to provide telehealth visits for people residing in North Carolina. I approach all of my patients with curiosity, openness, and understanding. Adolescence is a time of great transition and growth where deep relationships are crucial to building resilience and a fulfilled life. I’m looking forward to working with you during this formative stage in your life.
Immediate availability for medication management of ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorders for ages 13 and up. I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner specializing in treating adolescents and adults. My practice is based in Charlotte, NC, and I am able to provide telehealth visits for people residing in North Carolina. I approach all of my patients with curiosity, openness, and understanding. Adolescence is a time of great transition and growth where deep relationships are crucial to building resilience and a fulfilled life. I’m looking forward to working with you during this formative stage in your life.
(980) 372-1618 View (980) 372-1618
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Jennifer Segura
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28277
My goal is to provide compassionate, non-judgmental, comprehensive, high quality care tailored to meet your individual needs. You need someone who is patient, willing to listen and to take the time to understand what you are going through. I will take the time to get to know you, to answer your questions, and to learn about your goals related to relationships and family, support networks, work, personal interests, spirituality, quality of life, physical health and wellness. Together we can decide on a plan that works for you.
My goal is to provide compassionate, non-judgmental, comprehensive, high quality care tailored to meet your individual needs. You need someone who is patient, willing to listen and to take the time to understand what you are going through. I will take the time to get to know you, to answer your questions, and to learn about your goals related to relationships and family, support networks, work, personal interests, spirituality, quality of life, physical health and wellness. Together we can decide on a plan that works for you.
(919) 800-0584 View (919) 800-0584
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Miranda Harris
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
Not accepting new clients
Accepting new patients! Are you worried that your child or teen may have a mental health diagnosis? Or maybe you have been struggling to find someone to help manage your child’s medications? Are you having a difficult time deciding if your child even needs medications? Is everywhere you call booked out for six months?
Accepting new patients! Are you worried that your child or teen may have a mental health diagnosis? Or maybe you have been struggling to find someone to help manage your child’s medications? Are you having a difficult time deciding if your child even needs medications? Is everywhere you call booked out for six months?
(980) 655-3397 View (980) 655-3397

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Byeolah Henson, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Byeolah Henson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Byeolah Henson PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from University of South Florida. Prior to PA school, she received a B.S in Biology from the University of Florida. Byeolah is experienced in treating patients with a variety of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse, and more. She is fluent in English and Korean, both of which play a important role in her day to day clinical work.
Byeolah Henson PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from University of South Florida. Prior to PA school, she received a B.S in Biology from the University of Florida. Byeolah is experienced in treating patients with a variety of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse, and more. She is fluent in English and Korean, both of which play a important role in her day to day clinical work.
(336) 933-6802 View (336) 933-6802
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Lauren Blankenship
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27401
Lauren is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who helps the underserved feel cared for, understood, and encouraged to reach their full potential. She works with adults using medication management, dialectical behavioral therapy, diet, exercise, and mindfulness. Lauren has a holistic approach to care and believes a suitable treatment plan is one the patient can agree to and follow.
Lauren is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who helps the underserved feel cared for, understood, and encouraged to reach their full potential. She works with adults using medication management, dialectical behavioral therapy, diet, exercise, and mindfulness. Lauren has a holistic approach to care and believes a suitable treatment plan is one the patient can agree to and follow.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
Photo of Catelyn Inman, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Catelyn Inman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Statesville, NC 28625
Catelyn specializes in psychotropic medication management. She has worked with a diverse client population, closely partnering with patients to create comprehensive treatment plans. She prides herself on actively listening to each concern and diligently following through to enable healthy outcomes. Catelyn's background enables her to treat an array of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, insomnia, eating disorders, personality disorders, addictions, behavioral concerns in dementia, and more. Her induction into healthcare began with humble beginnings.
Catelyn specializes in psychotropic medication management. She has worked with a diverse client population, closely partnering with patients to create comprehensive treatment plans. She prides herself on actively listening to each concern and diligently following through to enable healthy outcomes. Catelyn's background enables her to treat an array of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, insomnia, eating disorders, personality disorders, addictions, behavioral concerns in dementia, and more. Her induction into healthcare began with humble beginnings.
(704) 666-8585 View (704) 666-8585
Photo of Joseph Vincent Jordan, MS, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Joseph Vincent Jordan
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28211  (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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Waxhaw, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Waxhaw, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Waxhaw, 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 Waxhaw?

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.