Psychiatrists in Fairview Park, OH

Photo of Jennifer Mlady, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Jennifer Mlady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Fairview Park, OH 44126
Jennifer Mlady provides compassionate and evidence-based care to clients of all ages. With a client-centered approach, Jennifer focuses on realistic treatment goals, fostering a therapeutic environment that addresses the whole person. Jennifer specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, offering expertise in medical conditions/health psychology and post-partum depression/anxiety. Her passion lies in supporting individuals facing reproductive challenges and trauma-related conditions like PTSD.
Jennifer Mlady provides compassionate and evidence-based care to clients of all ages. With a client-centered approach, Jennifer focuses on realistic treatment goals, fostering a therapeutic environment that addresses the whole person. Jennifer specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, offering expertise in medical conditions/health psychology and post-partum depression/anxiety. Her passion lies in supporting individuals facing reproductive challenges and trauma-related conditions like PTSD.
(440) 557-4896 View (440) 557-4896
Photo of David Kwon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
David Kwon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Fairview Park, OH 44126
David Kwon is a board-certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner. He master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. His previous experience includes providing psychiatric services to patients in both community and private practice settings. He currently provides medication management to adult patients ages 18 to 64. His treatment areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
David Kwon is a board-certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner. He master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. His previous experience includes providing psychiatric services to patients in both community and private practice settings. He currently provides medication management to adult patients ages 18 to 64. His treatment areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(440) 750-1162 View (440) 750-1162
Photo of Brandy Hill, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Brandy Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
Fairview Park, OH 44126
Brandy S. Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2022. Living in today's world can be difficult. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or ADHD? Cognitive behavior therapy and medication management are techniques that can be used to treat your symptoms. Brandy specializes in treating mental health needs and addiction. She is available for after-hour appointments to meet the needs of clients who work and attend school during the day. Brandy became a mental health provider to decrease the negative stigma associated with mental illness.
Brandy S. Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2022. Living in today's world can be difficult. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or ADHD? Cognitive behavior therapy and medication management are techniques that can be used to treat your symptoms. Brandy specializes in treating mental health needs and addiction. She is available for after-hour appointments to meet the needs of clients who work and attend school during the day. Brandy became a mental health provider to decrease the negative stigma associated with mental illness.
(440) 641-2151 View (440) 641-2151
Photo of Carly Hamaoui, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Carly Hamaoui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairview Park, OH 44126
Carly Hamaoui is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from Cleveland State University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Walden University, and has her ACM Accreditation as an Accredited Case Manager-RN. Working in mental health has always been Carly's passion and she strives to normalize the importance of prioritizing one's mental health and self-care needs.
Carly Hamaoui is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from Cleveland State University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Walden University, and has her ACM Accreditation as an Accredited Case Manager-RN. Working in mental health has always been Carly's passion and she strives to normalize the importance of prioritizing one's mental health and self-care needs.
(440) 797-4226 View (440) 797-4226
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Michele Norman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Fairview Park, OH 44126
Michele Norman earned her Master's in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Upon graduation, she was board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 3 years at this point and her clinical practice has been based primarily in outpatient community settings, where she sees patients ranging in age from 6 to 90. Those skills are incorporated in her treatment plans and appointments. Her specializations include PTSD and other trauma related illness, ADHD, depression, anxiety and adjustment/transition issues.
Michele Norman earned her Master's in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Upon graduation, she was board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 3 years at this point and her clinical practice has been based primarily in outpatient community settings, where she sees patients ranging in age from 6 to 90. Those skills are incorporated in her treatment plans and appointments. Her specializations include PTSD and other trauma related illness, ADHD, depression, anxiety and adjustment/transition issues.
(440) 581-1220 View (440) 581-1220
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Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairview Park, OH 44126  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
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Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rocky River, OH 44116  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(216) 340-9602 View (216) 340-9602
Photo of Kara Jeanine Reilly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Kara Jeanine Reilly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, LSW, LICDC, RN
Verified Verified
North Olmsted, OH 44070  (Online Only)
I have worked in the behavioral health field for 12-years as a social worker, substance abuse counselor, nurse, and nurse practitioner. I obtained by Bachelors in Psychology from Ohio State University in 2009, obtained by Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, nursing license in 2017 and Master's in Nursing in 2018 with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health. I am certified by ANCC. With my diverse background in mental health, I will be able to provide an eclectic treatment plan that is best suited for you. Services will be completed over a secure virtual platform. no in person visits will be needed.
I have worked in the behavioral health field for 12-years as a social worker, substance abuse counselor, nurse, and nurse practitioner. I obtained by Bachelors in Psychology from Ohio State University in 2009, obtained by Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, nursing license in 2017 and Master's in Nursing in 2018 with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health. I am certified by ANCC. With my diverse background in mental health, I will be able to provide an eclectic treatment plan that is best suited for you. Services will be completed over a secure virtual platform. no in person visits will be needed.
(216) 358-0899 View (216) 358-0899
Photo of Dr. Elif Yilmaz, Psychiatrist in Fairview Park, OH
Dr. Elif Yilmaz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake, OH 44145  (Online Only)
Dr Yilmaz has expertise in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions including: ​Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic disorder, Post-traumatic stress Disorder Obsessive compulsive disorder Grief, traumatic loss, and other adjustment reaction Bipolar disorder Post-Partum Depression Psychotic disorders, Immigrant/Refugee Mental Health Care Sleep Disorders and Postpartum depression/Anxiety.
Dr Yilmaz has expertise in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions including: ​Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic disorder, Post-traumatic stress Disorder Obsessive compulsive disorder Grief, traumatic loss, and other adjustment reaction Bipolar disorder Post-Partum Depression Psychotic disorders, Immigrant/Refugee Mental Health Care Sleep Disorders and Postpartum depression/Anxiety.
(440) 636-1435 View (440) 636-1435
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Nirvana Health & Wellness, Inc.
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS, MRCPsy, DipAB
Verified Verified
Westlake, OH 44145
I am excellent at what I do. I provide evidence based, state of the art, medication management for Psychiatric Disorders. I have practiced Psychiatry for 40 years in diverse settings. I specialize in services for treatment resistant patients. I also provide expert opinion for guardianship applications. We provide Cognitive Testing, Pharmacogenomic Counseling, Pre-Nuptial Counseling & Telehealth services on pre-paid cash payment basis. We also provide individual therapy in selected cases. Same day appointments are available on cash payment basis only. No-shows and cancellation fees apply. TMS services available at Lorain office now.
I am excellent at what I do. I provide evidence based, state of the art, medication management for Psychiatric Disorders. I have practiced Psychiatry for 40 years in diverse settings. I specialize in services for treatment resistant patients. I also provide expert opinion for guardianship applications. We provide Cognitive Testing, Pharmacogenomic Counseling, Pre-Nuptial Counseling & Telehealth services on pre-paid cash payment basis. We also provide individual therapy in selected cases. Same day appointments are available on cash payment basis only. No-shows and cancellation fees apply. TMS services available at Lorain office now.
(440) 210-9479 View (440) 210-9479
Photo of Dr. Ryan Rajaram, Psychiatrist in Fairview Park, OH
Dr. Ryan Rajaram
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake, OH 44145
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, both in general adult and geriatric psychiatry. Trained at both Cleveland Clinic and Yale, I have treated all adult ages, but do specialize in older adults. I have been in practice for 5 years now, I focus on treating mood and anxiety issues.
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, both in general adult and geriatric psychiatry. Trained at both Cleveland Clinic and Yale, I have treated all adult ages, but do specialize in older adults. I have been in practice for 5 years now, I focus on treating mood and anxiety issues.
(440) 276-3286 View (440) 276-3286
Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rocky River, OH 44116  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(234) 657-4657 View (234) 657-4657
Photo of Robert Kilmer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Robert Kilmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake, OH 44145
Fred is a warm and approachable provider who is dedicated to helping people achieve their mental health goals. He has over a decade of experience in mental health resulting in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to offer his patients. He uses a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to care and is committed to providing the highest quality care to each and every one of his patients.
Fred is a warm and approachable provider who is dedicated to helping people achieve their mental health goals. He has over a decade of experience in mental health resulting in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to offer his patients. He uses a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to care and is committed to providing the highest quality care to each and every one of his patients.
(440) 276-8215 View (440) 276-8215
Photo of Julie Stone, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Julie Stone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake, OH 44145
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in treating patients with mental health conditions. She has worked in community mental health settings, private practice settings, corrections, and addiction medicine. She obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing from Kent State University and currently teaches up and coming Psych NP's for 2 universities.
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in treating patients with mental health conditions. She has worked in community mental health settings, private practice settings, corrections, and addiction medicine. She obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing from Kent State University and currently teaches up and coming Psych NP's for 2 universities.
(440) 709-8523 View (440) 709-8523
Photo of Christine Douglas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Christine Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake, OH 44145
Christine is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who utilizes an empathetic approach in helping patients who are struggling with their mental health. Christine strives to develop individualized treatment plans, through evidence-based practice and medication management, designed to help patients reach their mental health goals. Christine has experience treating across the age span.
Christine is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who utilizes an empathetic approach in helping patients who are struggling with their mental health. Christine strives to develop individualized treatment plans, through evidence-based practice and medication management, designed to help patients reach their mental health goals. Christine has experience treating across the age span.
(440) 597-4672 View (440) 597-4672
Photo of Kimberly Cromer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Kimberly Cromer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rocky River, OH 44116
Kimberly Cromer is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience working with Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, MDD, Anxiety, ODD, DMDD, trauma, and addictions. Kimberly has over 17 years of health care experience and has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health. Kimberly has also worked with children and families struggling with mental health conditions.
Kimberly Cromer is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience working with Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, MDD, Anxiety, ODD, DMDD, trauma, and addictions. Kimberly has over 17 years of health care experience and has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health. Kimberly has also worked with children and families struggling with mental health conditions.
(440) 732-4441 View (440) 732-4441
Margarita Perez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHAPRN, CNP-BC
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44111  (Online Only)
My vision is to create a world where mental illness is a top priority and everyone has access to quality mental health care. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and I am committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from receiving the care they need.
My vision is to create a world where mental illness is a top priority and everyone has access to quality mental health care. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and I am committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from receiving the care they need.
(440) 597-3771 View (440) 597-3771
Photo of Dr. Leonard Marinis, Psychiatrist in Fairview Park, OH
Dr. Leonard Marinis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rocky River, OH 44116
Hello and welcome to my Psychology Today profile. I grew up on the west side of Cleveland and initially worked as a engineer before returning to school to pursue my interest in medicine. I obtained my medical degree from CWRU's School of Medicine and completed a 4-year psychiatry residency at the University of California, Davis before returning home to Cleveland.
Hello and welcome to my Psychology Today profile. I grew up on the west side of Cleveland and initially worked as a engineer before returning to school to pursue my interest in medicine. I obtained my medical degree from CWRU's School of Medicine and completed a 4-year psychiatry residency at the University of California, Davis before returning home to Cleveland.
(216) 279-3700 View (216) 279-3700
Photo of Sheila Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Sheila Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP/PMH
Verified Verified
Rocky River, OH 44116
Sheila Jones, PMHNP Sheila Jones is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. She has an Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology from The University of Akron, an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Cuyahoga Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Akron, and a Masters in Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Shelia believes that as Confucius said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Sheila Jones, PMHNP Sheila Jones is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. She has an Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology from The University of Akron, an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Cuyahoga Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Akron, and a Masters in Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Shelia believes that as Confucius said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
(440) 595-5932 View (440) 595-5932
Photo of Kayla Stewart, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairview Park, OH
Kayla Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rocky River, OH 44116  (Online Only)
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fairview Park, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fairview Park, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
83% Grief
83% Psychosis

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Fairview Park, OH see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fairview Park?

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.