Psychiatrists in Lake County, OH

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Photo of Jessica Huffman, APRN (C, Psychiatric Nurse
Jessica Huffman
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Jessica Huffman is a dual certified nurse practitioner. Initially, Jessica graduated from Wright State University and worked years as an intensive care nurse. In 2014, she graduated from Kent State with a post graduate degree as an adult- geriatric primary care CNP working inpatient at University Hospitals. Later, Jessica, returned to schooling to specialize in mental health and addiction. Upholding two graduate degrees has allowed Jessica to provide integrative and holistic care. She hold a national certification with both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Jessica Huffman is a dual certified nurse practitioner. Initially, Jessica graduated from Wright State University and worked years as an intensive care nurse. In 2014, she graduated from Kent State with a post graduate degree as an adult- geriatric primary care CNP working inpatient at University Hospitals. Later, Jessica, returned to schooling to specialize in mental health and addiction. Upholding two graduate degrees has allowed Jessica to provide integrative and holistic care. She hold a national certification with both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
(440) 762-7088 View (440) 762-7088
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Deirdre D Raimey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Painesville, OH 44077  (Online Only)
Greetings. My name is Deirdre Raimey. I have been a board certified family nurse practitioner for the past 14 years, and a family systems psychiatric nurse practitioner for the past 8 years. I received all of my nursing education at Case Western Reserve University. For the past 8 years I have provided outpatient behavioral healthcare to adults in the Greater Cleveland area.
Greetings. My name is Deirdre Raimey. I have been a board certified family nurse practitioner for the past 14 years, and a family systems psychiatric nurse practitioner for the past 8 years. I received all of my nursing education at Case Western Reserve University. For the past 8 years I have provided outpatient behavioral healthcare to adults in the Greater Cleveland area.
(440) 261-5862 View (440) 261-5862
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Nicole Denise Nickens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, A-GNP-C
Verified Verified
Willoughby, OH 44094
Are you suffering from an addiction and/or mental illness and need help? Do you need assistance losing weight? Are you currently looking for a psychiatric provider to refill your medication since your previous provider retired or relocated? Are you tired of waiting hours, weeks, or months to see your provider? Are you tired of going to several specialist for your mental health needs? Well look no further! Mrs. Nicole D. Dunson is here waiting for you! Call NOW! Same week availability.
Are you suffering from an addiction and/or mental illness and need help? Do you need assistance losing weight? Are you currently looking for a psychiatric provider to refill your medication since your previous provider retired or relocated? Are you tired of waiting hours, weeks, or months to see your provider? Are you tired of going to several specialist for your mental health needs? Well look no further! Mrs. Nicole D. Dunson is here waiting for you! Call NOW! Same week availability.
(216) 208-4112 View (216) 208-4112
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Christopher James
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Christopher James received his DO from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, his master's degree in Public Health from Temple University and his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University. He completed his Child and Adolescent fellowship at Northwestern University/Children's Memorial Hospital and his Adult Psychiatric residency at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt. He has over 15 years of experience and specializes in the evaluation and pharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents and adults.
Christopher James received his DO from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, his master's degree in Public Health from Temple University and his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University. He completed his Child and Adolescent fellowship at Northwestern University/Children's Memorial Hospital and his Adult Psychiatric residency at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt. He has over 15 years of experience and specializes in the evaluation and pharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents and adults.
(440) 901-1608 View (440) 901-1608
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Kimberly Anne Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mentor, OH 44060
Kim Sanders is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Kent State University in psychology, her Masters of Education in counseling from the University of Cincinnati. She worked at a counselor for 2 years then worked as part of the crisis team in Cleveland, Ohio. She then graduated from Lakeland community College with her Associates in nursing. She practiced as a nurse for 8 years before receiving her Masters of Nursing from Kent State University.
Kim Sanders is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Kent State University in psychology, her Masters of Education in counseling from the University of Cincinnati. She worked at a counselor for 2 years then worked as part of the crisis team in Cleveland, Ohio. She then graduated from Lakeland community College with her Associates in nursing. She practiced as a nurse for 8 years before receiving her Masters of Nursing from Kent State University.
(440) 616-8108 View (440) 616-8108
Photo of Alana Ward, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alana Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mentor, OH 44060  (Online Only)
As I see it, mental health is the basis and center of everything. When you are struggling silently in your mind, I can help. Having the opportunity to help treat mental health and improve someone's life and outlook on life is, in my opinion, one of the most rewarding professions. I am currently accepting new clients, age 18+, and would be honored to help you become a better version of yourself.
As I see it, mental health is the basis and center of everything. When you are struggling silently in your mind, I can help. Having the opportunity to help treat mental health and improve someone's life and outlook on life is, in my opinion, one of the most rewarding professions. I am currently accepting new clients, age 18+, and would be honored to help you become a better version of yourself.
(216) 306-4487 View (216) 306-4487
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April DeBiasi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Painesville, OH 44077  (Online Only)
April DeBiasi is a nurse practitioner dually board certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as Adult-Geriatric primary care nurse practitioner. She is board certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has experience working in acute inpatient hospital and outpatient private practice settings.She sees adults ages 18 to 100 and she specializes in anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorder, dementia, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and insomnia.
April DeBiasi is a nurse practitioner dually board certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as Adult-Geriatric primary care nurse practitioner. She is board certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has experience working in acute inpatient hospital and outpatient private practice settings.She sees adults ages 18 to 100 and she specializes in anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorder, dementia, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and insomnia.
(440) 530-6141 View (440) 530-6141
Photo of Anna Gray, MSHS, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Anna Gray
Physician Assistant, MSHS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mentor, OH 44060
Not accepting new clients
Anna Gray is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in adult psychiatry. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University, where she earned her Master of Science in Health Sciences. As an advanced practice provider, she can diagnose psychiatric disorders, prescribe medications, and provide medication counseling. She utilizes a collaborative approach to patient care and believes in empowering patients by helping them to better understand and participate in their own medical care.
Anna Gray is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in adult psychiatry. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University, where she earned her Master of Science in Health Sciences. As an advanced practice provider, she can diagnose psychiatric disorders, prescribe medications, and provide medication counseling. She utilizes a collaborative approach to patient care and believes in empowering patients by helping them to better understand and participate in their own medical care.
(440) 595-5352 View (440) 595-5352
Photo of Jeff Iannone, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeff Iannone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jeff Iannone is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University. Jeff is highly motivated to provide the best possible outcomes to patients through the use of current Evidence Based Practice and critical thinking. He strives for an individual-centered, recovery-oriented, collaborative therapeutic relationship to help individuals reach their full potential.
Jeff Iannone is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University. Jeff is highly motivated to provide the best possible outcomes to patients through the use of current Evidence Based Practice and critical thinking. He strives for an individual-centered, recovery-oriented, collaborative therapeutic relationship to help individuals reach their full potential.
(440) 530-7999 View (440) 530-7999
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Kelly Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kelly Brown, PMHNP Kelly Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. Kelly offers compassionate care while helping a patient achieve optimal mental health to help them lead fulfilling lives. In her spare time, Kelly loves spending time with friends and family, reading, binging Netflix, bowling, and learning to speak Spanish.
Kelly Brown, PMHNP Kelly Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. Kelly offers compassionate care while helping a patient achieve optimal mental health to help them lead fulfilling lives. In her spare time, Kelly loves spending time with friends and family, reading, binging Netflix, bowling, and learning to speak Spanish.
(440) 739-7364 View (440) 739-7364
Photo of Deirdre D Raimey, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deirdre D Raimey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Painesville, OH 44077  (Online Only)
Adulting is tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes therapy doesn’t work fast enough. How do you manage symptoms in the meantime? Is medicine right for you? Where do you start? My name is Deirdre Raimey. For the past 8 years I have provided outpatient behavioral healthcare to adults across the state of Ohio. My areas of expertise include: Generalized Anxiety, Major Depression, PTSD, and so much more.
Adulting is tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes therapy doesn’t work fast enough. How do you manage symptoms in the meantime? Is medicine right for you? Where do you start? My name is Deirdre Raimey. For the past 8 years I have provided outpatient behavioral healthcare to adults across the state of Ohio. My areas of expertise include: Generalized Anxiety, Major Depression, PTSD, and so much more.
(440) 530-7847 View (440) 530-7847
Photo of Danny Miller, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094  (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) 265-9757 View (234) 265-9757
Photo of Danny Miller, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, OH 44057  (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) 777-7699 View (216) 777-7699
Photo of Danny Miller, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mentor, OH 44060  (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.
(330) 862-9858 View (330) 862-9858
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mentor, OH 44060
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(937) 862-0573 View (937) 862-0573
Photo of Michelle McCarthy, APN, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mentor, OH 44060
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(937) 909-1330 View (937) 909-1330
Photo of Emily Coyle, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mentor, OH 44060
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(937) 907-1465 View (937) 907-1465
Photo of Edena Walden, MSN, PMHNP, APN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APN
Verified Verified
Mentor, OH 44060
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(937) 909-0557 View (937) 909-0557
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mentor, OH 44060
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(937) 795-8896 View (937) 795-8896
Photo of undefined - Amanda Lambert at Revive Counseling and Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Lambert at Revive Counseling and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Willoughby, OH 44094
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
(216) 294-3692 View (216) 294-3692

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lake County, OH

20+

Average cost per session

$135

Psychiatrists in Lake County, OH who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
86% Anxiety
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Medication Management
73% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
55% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Lake County, OH see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lake 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.